The evenings are getting lighter, temperatures are rising and Spring isn’t far away. It’s time to sweep out the sawdust, brush away the cobwebs and get the workshop ready for some serious woodworking. Here’s what we have to whet your appetite this month.

• Three’s company – Duncan Rose presents a nest of three retro-style side tables in cherry that make perfect living-room companions. Their stylish design was inspired by Lucian Ercolani’s wonderful simple lines and gentle curves
• Paint your wagon – Ian Wilkie describes the pleasure of making scale models in wood, and shares some of his inside knowledge of the subject by describing a typical model build
• A tall order – Mark Milner explains how a tailor-made corner cabinet, built in two parts for ease of assembly, solved the problem of a shortage of storage space in his small bathroom
• Carved with pride – Kerry Donovan embellishes the living room toy chest he presented last month with a hand-carved oval plaque recording the names of the recipients and the date
• A chip off the old block – New contributor Robin Gates describes turning a windfall block of spalted beech into a striking addition to his collection of bench planes.

In our Workshop section, Alan Holtham explains that joining worktops at right angles is one of the most difficult of operations, particularly if you want to end up with a seamless joint, and shows you how to make a joint-cutting jig that guarantees perfect results. Andy Standing presents another chapter in his ongoing round-up of portable power tools with a look at jigsaws and reciprocating saws. Ron Fox describes a couple of gadgets for routers that he wishes he had invented, while Keith Smith tells the tale of the arrival of the Ark Royal (his nickname for his new Hammer planer thicknesser), and completes his kitchen fitting project.

For the turners among you, Chris Child presents a classically shaped vase turned from a semi-seasoned elm log and designed to contain a plastic or glass liner. Colin Simpson introduces the technique of creating barley twists, an interesting addition to your turning and bench skills that will allow you to create embellishments for furniture and other pieces. Last but not least, Bob Chapman describes how to turn a traditional wooden scoop using a number of different techniques.

Finally, our regular test section has reviews this month of the following tools and equipment:
• Bosch GKT 55GCE plunge saw with FSN 1600 guide rail
• SuperTuff Sabrecut bandsaw blades
• Axminster AWHVS oscillating belt sander
• Skil 1470 Multi-Tasker muti-tool
• Bosch GSR 10.8V-2-Li Professional cordless drill driver
• Colt MaxiCut PLUS HSS Forstner bits
• Veritas detail rebate plane, cross-cut saw and Gent’s saws
• Festool MFT3 multifunction table


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