Issue Number 150

April 2010

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The Recycled Chair

Nesting Dolls

Adjustable Music Stand

Holder for Half a Dozen Eggs

Routing a Sunburst

Table of Contents


by Allen Barrett
If you have some basic knowledge of computers, the new CNC Shark router for the small workshop is surprisingly easy to use. It's also very well engineered and has the potential for a multitude of uses.

The 2009 Australian Woodturning Exhibition
by Vic Wood
Almost a quarter of a century since its inauspicious beginnings, the Australian Woodturning Exhibition has become the nation's premier woodturning competition.

25th Silver Anniversary Giveaway Competition
This is the second instalment of our three issue competition in which Australian readers and Clubs have the opportunity to win great prizes.

Torimba Festival of the Forest
An overview of last year's event in Ravenshoe in Far North Queensland.

Club Drumbeat
Shire Projects for the Central Coast Woodturners Co-op Ltd (NSW) and the first six months for the Corner Inlet Woodworkers, South Gippsland (VIC).

Carba-Tec - a Quarter Century of Growth
Starting with the import of router bits, Carba-Tec has built up a vast product range over the years. It is now a leading supplier to the woodworking industry, with stores in all states and New Zealand.

Wood/Metal Combinations - the Work of John Wessels
A demonstrator at this year's Woodturning Symposium, John specialises in the turning of wood with metals such as silver and pewter.

USER REPORT - Beall Pen Wizard
by Stephen Mash
Combine pen turning with ornamental turning with this new 'lathe' from Carroll's Woodcraft Supplies. The Wizard can add spirals, waves and rope twists to your pens and other turned items.

Paul Armour presents his latest box-making efforts.

Do You Believe in Wood Spirits?
by Reg Cooke
Reg uncovers two wood spirits by accident while building a guitar for his grandson.

Forest Red Gum in Victoria
by Brendan Stemp
Bureaucracy, rather than concerns over sustainability, is endangering the future supply of this versatile timber.

Notes on Woodturning Pt.3 - Basic Woodturning Tools
by John Ewart
In this article John examines the basic tools required for a novice to start woodturning.

USER REPORT - BMI Quicky Tape Measure
by Stan Ceglinski
The BMI Quicky is unlike any tape measure you've seen before, but Stan reckons that once you’ve used one in the workshop, you won't work without it.


The Recycled Chair
by Harry W Ellis
Harry makes a modern style chair for his workshop from recycled offcuts.

Nesting Dolls
by Aaron Ehrlich
Aaron has a go at this traditional design. Because the dolls are painted, the wood does not have to be of the same species. Any offcuts of well-seasoned wood will do.

Adjustable Music Stand
by Don Phillips
This adjustable height stand can be used for a variety of uses, including a lectern, lamp holder and - as Don found out - a recipe book holder.

Holder for Half a Dozen Eggs
by Heinz Haselroither
This is a relatively simple weekend project that is good practice for repetition and spindle turning. It also makes a useful addition to the kitchen.

Routing a Sunburst
by Carol Rix
John Rogers embellishes some of his plainer turnings with a sunburst design routed on the lathe. The result is items that quickly catch people's attention.

Making Mortise & Tenon Joints
The sixth in our beginner's series, this article looks at the importance of mortise and tenon joints and the various methods to make them.

Other Features

New Products

Book Reviews
Intarsia Woodworking for Beginners
by Kathy Wise Holtham
Rustic Furniture Basics
by Doug Stowe
Wooden Bowls from the Scroll Saw
by Carole Rothman
Carving Gunstocks: Power Techniques
by Jose Valencia
Lighted Scroll Saw Projects
by Sue Mey