Issue Number 151

June 2010

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Making a Curved Top Document Box - 1

Carved Netball with Dovetails on Compound Curves

Turning Big Heavy Spheres

Adapting an Old Plane for Use with a Shooting Board

Twin Eggcup

Carving a Cotton Reel Spinning Top

Art's Chopstick's Box



Table of Contents


2010 Australian Woodturning Symposium, 14-18 July
by Bruce Bell
This is your last chance to book for this exciting new symposium with a focus on hands-on learning for the attendees.

25 Years On
by Art Burrows, Vic Wood, Neil Scobie, Neil Schulz, Sandra Menger and Buddy Smith
A collection of short essays on the changes in woodworking in Australia over the past quarter of a century.

The WALL in the Wilderness
This partially completed 100m long mural carved from Huon Pine has proven to be a popular tourist attraction in the Central Highlands of Tasmania.

Notes on Woodturning - Part 4A: Types of Skew Chisels
by John Ewart
John elaborates more on the types, design and use of skew chisels for woodturning.

Turner's Oak
by Mike Darlow
This timber might be just the thing for your next turning project!

David Stanley is keen on both pyrography and carving while Darrell Smith has been experimenting with offset turning.

Samoan Turning Project Raises $15,000
by Ernie Newman
In the aftermath of the Tsunami, an Australian and an American join forces to teach woodturning to students in Samoa.

Brisbane/Sydney Timber & Working with Wood Show Guides
This year the Shows feature a new and expanded line-up of demonstrators as well as a number of competitions in which you can win prizes.

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

USER REPORT ó JET Slow Speed Wet Sharpener
by Alan Bendon
JET has entered the sharpening market with this new wet wheel sharpener with novel features.


Making a Curved Top Document Box - 1
by Neil Scobie
This new project is a blend of Neilís Document Box and Treasure Chest and offers additional challenges to boxmakers.

Carved Netball with Dovetails on Compound Curves
When Barry Long got the idea that the stitching on a netball looked like a series of dovetails, physically making the dovetails proved to be a real challenge.

Turning Big Heavy Spheres
by Reg Watt
Turning a 35kg Ironbark blank into a ball shape (and repeating the process four times) was an uncommon exercise.

Adapting an Old Plane for Use with a Shooting Board
by Harry W Ellis
Making a simple carriage has given a new lease of life for this old plane and solved a few shooting board problems in the process.

Twin Eggcup
by Aaron Ehrlich
While researching egg cups, Aaron came across a couple of uncommon designs which will appeal to turners - an eggcup with two egg holders and a double-ended eggcup.

Carving a Cotton Reel Spinning Top
by Phillip John McKerrow
Phillip reflects on a childhood carving project which is still a fun toy today. Yes, wooden cotton reel tops are still available, though you may have to track them down.

Art's Chopstick's Box
by George Hatfield (Assoc. Editor)
George shows how to bore and turn a long cylindrical box, such as those used as presentation boxes for Certificates and Diplomas.

by Carolyn McCully
Carolyn burns one of our national icons (but in a nice way!). A little colour is added to the ears and face of the koala, but otherwise the rendering of the animal depends purely on the work of the pyrography pen.

Making Mortise & Tenon Joints
The seventh in our beginner's series, we look at the importance of grain direction and how hand tools rather than power tools give better feedback on how the wood is being shaped.

Other Features

New Products

Book Reviews
Puzzle Boxes
by Jeff Vollmer
Chip Carving
from the Editors of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts
Zany Wooden Toys that Whizz, Spin and Fly
by Bob Gilsdorf
The Missing Shop Manual: Circular Saw and Jigsaws
The Missing Shop Manual: Drills and Drill Presses
The Missing Shop Manual: Lathe
The Missing Shop Manual: Table Saw
The Missing Shop Manual: Glue and Clamps
The Big Book of Weekend Woodworking
by John A & Joyce C Nelson

DVD Reviews
Working with Plywood
by Hendrik Varju