This issue of The Woodworker marks the start of a new chapter in the magazine’s illustrious history, as Mark Cass takes over as editor. Regular readers will be familiar with his work as a contributor, and he brings to the role immense knowledge of the world of wood as a working joiner and cabinetmaker, a college lecturer and a former magazine editor with lots of journalistic experience. Here’s what’s in his first issue…

• Burr oak beauty – Roger Berwick completes his magnificently figured oak Davenport by fitting out the interior and installing his ingenious rise-and-fall gallery.
• One step at a time – Mark Cass presents a great project for anyone just starting out on the woodworking road. It’s a stool that can be made using only a basic toolkit and a power drill.
• Weaving inkles – Ian Wilkie explains how to assemble an unusual loom that’s used to create ‘inkles’ – narrow woven craft work such as trims, straps and belts.

In our Workshop section Andy King, the technical editor of Good Woodworking, continues his series that takes an in-depth look at workshop machinery. This month he tackles the mortiser. Andy Standing’s trawl through the woodworking alphabet reaches the letter C. Alan Holtham describes how he adapted an off-the-shelf drill press table to suit his own workshop set-up. Meanwhile, in Shop notes Keith Smith tackles the task of installing a 200kg granite worktop on an island unit in a customer’s kitchen.

Our Turning section includes a stunning bowl from Bob Chapman designed in imitation of the paintings of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, and a vase of ingeniously turned wooden flowers from Colin Simpson. Last but by no means least, Chris Child offers an in-depth look at the techniques involved in sanding and polishing work on the lathe.

Our regular Test section has reviews this month of the following tools and equipment:
• Bosch GTS 10XC table saw
• Festool OF 1400 EBQ-Plus GB router
• Marples Trial 1 marking tool set
• Makita PJ7000 biscuit jointer
• Metabo Powermaxx ASE cordless sabre saw
• Pax 1776 18in tenon saw
• Trend router table insert

Never miss an issue of The Woodworker again by subscribing here. Not only will you get your copy of your favourite woodworking magazine early every month; you will also get FREE unlimited access to digital back issues of The Woodworker and to the on-line magazine indexes for the years 2006 to 2012.