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Established in 1985, The Australian Woodworker is Australia's most popular woodworking magazine.
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Abrasive Papers and Sanding Devices
Every woodworker uses it but how much do you really know about sandpaper, how it works and the materials from which it is made? We take a close look at abrasive papers, before moving on to various commercial hand and power sanding devices and their uses.

 

Combination Salt Shaker & Pepper Grinder
by David Mitchell
Having made many pepper grinders based on the Pen State Industries mechanism, David explains how he has refined the methods involved to make construction faster and more accurate.

The Bishop Brothers' Journals on Australian Coachbuilding
by M C Hendrikson OAM
Started in 1890 as The Australasian Coachbuilder and Saddler and Liveryman's Journal, this Journal continued in publication until 1952. Now preserved and available on a USB stick, the issues of the Journal offer a fascinating insight into Australian woodworking as well as coachbuilding over that period.



 

Barbary Sheep -
On Top of the World

by Carolyn McCully
This pyrography piece is an exercise in mastering fur, from the short hairs on most of the body to the coarse long hairs hanging from the throat. Carolyn also shows how artistic licence can make a big improvement in the final image.

Club Drumbeat
The Emerald Woodworkers Group Inc (QLD) has a lower than usual average age for its members, with most still having day jobs. The Eurobodalla Woodcraft Guild Inc (NSW) has its clubhouse on the grounds of a replica gold rush village, while the Bundaberg Woodworkers Guild Inc operates from Bundaberg’s Walker Street Craft Centre precinct.

 

Sewing Gear Box
by John Swinkels
An attractive turned item to hold sewing bits and pieces, this box includes a number of features that could be adapted to other designs.

Bowna Turnabout 2017
Replacing the Wagga Wagga Turnabout, this inaugural event was a great success but was not without its teething problems.

 

Notes on Woodturning Part 38 - Turning a Small Free End Project
by John Ewart
Small items such as drawer knobs and buttons are often made as a series of turnings from a single long blank. John looks at the options involving a scroll chuck and then goes on to turn a drawer knob (with the grain parallel to the lathe axis).

The Dolphin Project
A pod of five carved wooden dolphins formed the Club project for the Shellharbour Woodcarving and Pyrography Group in 2017.
 

A Bandsawn Jewellery Box from a Laminated Block
by John Swinkels
While bandsawn boxes may look difficult, John shows that they are easier to make than you might think. The use of a laminated block and turned brass drawer handles help to make this box stand out from other boxes.

Useful Tips for Beginners - 2
Another collection of useful woodworking tips.

 

Making a Chinese Padlock
by Russell Downie
Russell explains the construction of two versions of Chinese wooden padlocks, one of which is simpler and easier to make.

USER REPORT - Fiskars Hardware Scissors and Snip
by Scott Yeo
Capable of cutting fine paper as well as much thicker, tougher and harder materials, these new cutting tools from Fiskars have a place in the workshop.
  Market Wares #25
The ThumbThing

by Adrian Burke
You may have never seen something like the ThumbThing before but book readers will love you for making it for them.
USER REPORT - Milwaukee ROS 150
E-2 Sander

by Aaron Barker

Aaron puts Milwaukee’s powerful (440W) sander with dual orbit modes through its paces.
  Custom Made Machine Vice
by Lance Winter
This wooden vice can serve as a machine vice custom made to suit your drill press, or as a clamp for small woodworking projects.
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