Issue Number 132

April 2007

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Making a Simple Woodlathe

Bookworm Book-ends - 1

A Slightly Decorated Side Table

Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker - 2

Scrollsawn Australian -1

Whimsical Home Sweet Home Sign

Build an Antique Gramophone - 1



Table of Contents


Keep Your Tools Sharp!
In woodworking, sharp cutting edges are a necessity, not a luxury. We look at the basics of sharpening and the equipment available to make it easier, faster and repeatable.

The Giant Mushroom Project
The joint effort in turning a giant mushroom was the highlight of SAturn 2006 at Wellington SA.

Vic Sneyd's miniature turnings for a dining setting including crockery, plus Ray Newton's detailed carvings of country items.

Jewellery Box Competition 2006 - Melbourne winners
Carved lids are a distinguishing feature of these prize-winning boxes.

Club Drumbeat
The Blue Mountains Woodturners Inc (NSW) and the Peninsular Woodturners Guild (VIC).

George's Corner
by George Hatfield (Assoc. Editor)
Innovative hinged wingnuts on a Delta bench grinder.

Extending Your Woodworking Skills Through Collaboration
by Carol Rix
Working together with others on a woodworking project does not have to be a once-a-year experience at an organised event. Carol describes how to improve your woodworking by organising a small collaboration group that meets regularly.

Brisbane Timber & Working with Wood Show Guide
All the details for this year's Brisbane Show, 20-22 April, at the RNAIA Showgrounds.

Skills Publishing Open Day 2007
Plenty of free demonstrations, plus access to the full range of back issues of The Australian Woodworker, books, DVDs and plans. Saturday, 28 April only - don't miss it!

Woodworking Questions & Answers
by Paul Gregson (Assoc. Editor)
Dating a Carved Sideboard and Silicone Problems.

Sue Walters' Pyrography Project Kits

by Stan Brown
Sue Walters' wonderful pyrography pictures are the basis of this range of kits.


The Art and Craft of Inlay
by Paul Gregson (Assoc. Editor)
A complete step-by-step photographic guide to inlaying a flower design into a panel.

Making a Simple Woodlathe
by J Lewry
It can be difficult to justify the outlay for a new lathe when you just want to turn a few items and see if you like woodturning. Jeff describes a home-made lathe powered by an electric drill which may not be pretty but will get you started.

Bookworm Book-ends - 1
by George Hatfield (Assoc. Editor)
George makes a novelty pair of book-ends. In this issue he forms the end brackets, including the turned detail. Next issue he'll turn the worm ends.

A Slightly Decorated Side Table
by Hugh Barnett
A simple elegant design embellished with inlay and relief carving.

Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker - 2
by John Swinkels
The last project in the trio - a gimbaled candlestick, based on a nautical design. This involves turning two slender rings for the gimbal.

Scrollsawn Australian - 1
by Wolfgang Bottcher
The first panel in a design dedicated to Australian flora and fauna.

Whimsical Home Sweet Home Sign
by Carolyn McCully
Carolyn burns a cartoon-based sign that offers something different to the usual range of pyrography designs based on real-life subjects.

Build an Antique Gramophone - 1
by Robert Allison
This is an unusual two-part project that involves box-making, turning and a bit of carving. The gramophone can be built as a working version that plays records.

Other Features

New Products

Good Ideas & Short Cuts
Cut-off nails from rivets, sanding aids, heavy sheet lifter, stand-in for a small try square and lighting up the workshop

Book Reviews
50 Shop-Made Jigs & Fixtures
by Danny Proulx & Lou Rousseau
The Boy Mechanic
by the Editors of Popular Mechanics
Designing and Building Chairs
(a Best of Fine Woodworking book)
Crafting Wood Logic Puzzles
by Charlie Self with Tom Lensch
Classical guitar making - a modern approach to traditional design
by John S Bogdanovich

DVD Reviews
Taming the Skew
by Mike Darlow
Chip Carving
with Wayne Barton