The Woodworker magazine -- May 2012On sale April 5th

This issue of the magazine is on sale just in time for Easter, and if ever a time of year marked the great divide between gloomy winter and glorious spring, this is it. Take a look through the packed pages and pick a project to give your woodworking year a great start. Here are your starters…

• Mackintosh by the dozen – Roger Berwick describes the design and construction of an unusual commission, a set of twelve oak dining chairs in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with a finishing touch that was all his own work
• Angle poise – Ken Jones describes the design and construction of an adjustable stand and frame in beech that’s perfect for holding embroidery and tapestry work at just the right height and angle
• Compendium restorandum – Peter Bishop brings all his restorer’s skills to bear on a late Regency rosewood games table that had seen better days, and brings it gloriously back to life
• Zachary Taylor, a former editor of The Woodworker, tells the story of a life spent making and playing a range of stringed instruments, and offers a free set of his guitar plans to solvers of a musical Wordsearch puzzle.

In our Workshop section, Alan Holtham changes the blade and tweaks the controls to get the best out of his little Jet bandsaw, and gives some useful tips for upgrading budget machines in general. Good Woodworking’s technical editor Andy King offers the benefit of his workshop wisdom on the subject of stock preparation. Andy Standing presents another chapter in his ongoing round-up of portable power tools with a look at an extremely versatile addition to the family, the multi-cutter. Lastly, Keith Smith signs off his kitchen epic, tries out his paint spraying equipment, tests a new epoxy timber varnish system and gives Earlex a pat on the back for fixing his workshop extractor.

Elm is back on the menu again this month in our Turning section, with Bob Chapman transmuting a lump of mature elm into a bowl with a very rough-hewn look round the edges, thanks to some judicious use of a mini angle grinder and a blowlamp. Colin Simpson follows last month’s barley twist masterclass by making a candlestick with a stunning double open-twist stem. Ian Wilkie shows you how to make replacement handles for woodworking tools, and rescues a beaten-up school bell for posterity.

Finally, our regular test section has reviews this month of the following tools and equipment:
• Axminster drill guide
• Bosch GSK 18 V-Li cordless nailer
• Bosch GOP 300 SCE Professional multi-cutter
• Festool Cleantex CTL26E extractor
• Japanese try and mitre square
• Makita LCT305W drill/driver kit
• Makita Pink DF330D Li-ion drill driver
• Quangsheng stainless steel spokeshave
• Scheppach HS120o circular saw bench
• Trend router cutter sets


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