Our first issue of the New Year actually appears just before Christmas – too late perhaps for you to make a project as a present, but still in time for you to buy something for the woodworker in your life. How about an annual subscription to the magazine, for example? Meanwhile, between the covers of the January 2011 issue you’ll find the usual great mix of projects, features and tests…
• Prize summerhouse – As a follow-up to the workshop we gave away at last year’s GetWoodworking Live show at London’s Alexandra Palace, we’ve commissioned a revolving octagonal summerhouse from Alan Holtham as the centrepiece of this year’s show, which has an outdoor woodwork theme. You can follow the build in detail here and in the next two issues.
• Suite inspiration 2 – Roger Berwick presents a set of six oak dining chairs to complement the stunning table he delivered last month. He outlines the benefits (and the pitfalls) of batch production, and highlights some of the features he’s incorporated in the design. Next month he moves on to make a matching tall display cabinet
• Dancing queen – Peter Dunsmore describes making a charming miniature musical box for his youngest daughter as a keepsake for her favourite treasures. It features routed sides and a veneered lid, and contains a classic musical movement with a pop-up ballerina on top

In a packed Workshop section, Peter Bishop delivers a host of useful tips and shortcuts as he turns an impulse buy at an auction into a full-blown desk restoration project. Paul Sellers explains his love affair with wooden planes, and describes what’s involved in bringing a neglected jack plane back to life. Alan Holtham shares a couple of tricks he’s picked up over the years that make short work of planing square edges and thicknessing short pieces of stock. Andy Standing takes a look at the ancient art of veneering, describing how veneers are produced and what techniques are available for laying them. Last but by no means least, Keith Smith tackles the problem of humidity in the workshop, and finds a clever way to match a client’s existing kitchen units.

Our regular trio of turning projects kicks off with a delightful part-textured bowl, created by Bob Chapman using a combination of unusual carving and careful bleaching to produce an interesting two-tone effect. Ian Wilkie starts a series of three features on miniature turning with a look at the tools and equipment you’ll need to enjoy this rewarding craft. Finally, Colin Simpson explains the techniques he uses to make a striking square bowl with an undulating profile. There’s also news of our annual turning competition, which offers a great range of prizes.

Finally, our test section this month has reports on the following tools and equipment:
• Felder K700 professional panel saw
• Festool Carvex PSBC 400EB cordless jigsaw
• Makita LS1018L compound sliding mitre saw
• Dremel Trio
• Bosch GTA 3800 Professional saw stand
• The Musclechuck

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