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2012 is here at last! With it come the London Olympics, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee… and volume 116 of your favourite woodworking magazine. Here’s what we have in store for you in our February issue, starting with our regular Projects section.

• The final curve – Duncan Rose presents the second part of his pedestal desk build, in which he makes the four drawers, shapes the gently curved desktop and assembles the finished piece.
• Sapele siblings – Roger Berwick describes the commissioning and making of a pair of alcove sideboards, and explains the subtle design difference between the two pieces.
• Ken Stratford explains how he turned a nondescript sequoia board into an unusual occasional table, complete with angled legs in ash set in ingeniously designed sockets.

In our Workshop section, Ron Fox completes his encyclopaedic series of articles on routing (we announced its end somewhat prematurely last month), in which he takes an in-depth look at some of the things you can do with a router table. Paul Sellers tells the story of two people’s amazing journeys from novice to craftsman, and Good Woodworking’s Andy King explains what you need to know about buying wood successfully. Andy Standing continues his series on portable power tools with a look at jointers, while Keith Smith presents another five woodworking gadgets and delivers the latest instalment of his kitchen fitting story in his regular Shop Notes column.

Turning the corner, so to speak, brings three very different things to make on the lathe. Alan Holtham uses two contrasting woods, elm and ash, to turn a pair of salt and pepper mills in the style of a chess king and queen. Roy Richardson presents a pair of trinket boxes designed to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and Colin Simpson shows how to make natural or bark-edge bowls.

Finally, our regular test section has reviews this month of the following tools and equipment:
• Narex 8112 mortise chisels
• SIP 01918 10in table saw
• Axminster AW16BMES bench mortiser
• DeWalt DCK285L2 combi and impact driver twin-pack
• Quangsheng low-angle block plane
• Veritas poly-gauge
• Dremel VersaTip
• Bosch GOS cordless inspection camera
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