The first issue of the New Year appears just before Christmas, thanks to the vagaries of our publishing schedules. So we won’t mind if you put it to one side over the festive season, and treat yourself to the usual eating, drinking and making merry! Your faithful friend will still be waiting for you when you’ve put the decorations away and reopened the workshop. So what do we have for you this month? Let’s begin with a look at our projects section…

• Up the garden path – Peter Parfitt makes a classic pedestrian gate to match an existing five-bar driveway gate. It has a traditional curved top to the hanging stile and features Domino joints throughout.
• A second bench – Gordon Warr presents a design for a small workbench that’s ideal as a second bench, to be used for the finishing stages of a project, or as a work station dedicated to sharpening.
• Roll up! Roll up! Peter Bishop tackles the restoration of a recent auction purchase – an unusual chest with nine shallow drawers, all concealed by a flexible tambour that rolls up the front of the cabinet.

In our Workshop section, Andy Standing introduces the first of a new series that aims to provide snippets of interesting and potentially useful information concerning all aspects of woodworking. He begins with the letter A. Meanwhile, Andy King, the technical editor of Good Woodworking, continues his new series that takes an in-depth look at workshop machinery. This month he ponders the pros and cons of having a separate jointer and thicknesser or an all-in-one machine in the workshop. In his regular Shop notes column, Keith Smith braves the weather to convert the open corner of a house on the moors into an enclosed porch, discovers an exterior paint system that will dry in cold weather, and reports on another failure in his glue test.

For the turners among you, Bob Chapman describes fulfilling a commission to make a selection of bowls in different styles, sizes and timbers for his local tea rooms. Chris Child makes a combined clock and table lamp with flat surfaces that present a novel challenge if you’re used to turning purely round objects. Lastly, Colin Simpson presents a couple of designs for sand timers, which are great fun to turn and make an attractive accessory to have in your kitchen.

Last but by no means least, our regular test section has reviews this month of the following tools and equipment:
• Axminster Evolution SK114 chuck
• Einhell BT-JS 400E jigsaw
• Osmo water-based wood fillers
• Mafell MT55cc circular saw
• Dremel Moto-Saw
• Hitachi DV18DSFL/JB cordless combi drill
• Osmo PolyX-Oil wood finish
• Veritas micro-adjust marking gauge
• Einhell BT-VC 1115 vacuum cleaner


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Happy New Year!