We have an unusual mixture of features for you in this month’s issue of The Woodworker, so I hope you find something that interests you. Let’s start as usual with a look at this month’s crop of projects…

• A grand entrance – Keith Smith describes the design and construction of a solid oak door and two glazed sidelights, destined for a period cottage with a rather unsuitable front entrance
• Four wheels good – Alan Holtham makes a sturdy wooden tricycle with an extra front wheel guaranteed to provide more stability for little learner drivers
• Body building – Paul Bodiam presents the fourth part of his series on building a tenor ukulele. This month he makes the fingerboard, cuts the neck joint and begins the final assembly
• Minimal mantel – Duncan Rose embellishes a chimney breast with a shapely mantelpiece featuring a gently curved shelf and side supports

In our Workshop section router guru Ron Fox explains how to use commercially available letter and numeral templates for making signs and name boards. Andy King, the technical editor of Good Woodworking magazine, continues his journey through the basics of workshop practice by explaining what’s involved in cleaning up your projects ready for their final finish. Ben Plewes shows how you can revolutionise benchwork if you make the humble bench hook and shooting board work together in harmony. Meanwhile Keith Smith continues his inimitable Shop Notes column by describing an unusual and extremely cunning type of fixing device that produces an invisible joint you can de-mount at will.

Our turning section has a simple project and a cunning technique for you this month. Ian Wilkie presents three different designs of turned pincushions – the wedding ring, the decorated drum and the pin bowl. Meanwhile Colin Simpson describes the ins and outs of involuted turning and uses the technique to make an unusual and attractive candleholder.

Finally, our regular test section has reviews this month of the following tools and equipment:
• Lie-Nielsen No 51 shooting board plane
• Hitachi KC18DKL/JA cordless combo kit
• Radian four-flute router cutters
• Axminster flexible drive unit handpieces
• Liogier rasps and rifflers
• Veritas bench chisels
• Makita BMR101 DAB Job Site radio
• Wera screwdriver and bit sets
• Dremel 8000JG Li-ion cordless drill/grinder
• Lie-Nielsen tenon saw

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