Issue Number 166

December 2012

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Beginner Project #5 -
Cheese & Cracker Platter

Turning Tagua Nuts

Wooden Treasures

A Rectangular Box That Isnít

Turned & Carved Kangaroo Flower Pot

Segmented Top Hall Table

Flaming Pine

The Devil's Marbles

Turning Spillicans from Offcuts

Working with Gifkins Jig - 3 Laminated Jewellery Box



Table of Contents


George Thwaites
by Phil Spencer
At 50 years of age, George Thwaites moved his furniture making business, including apprentices and plant equipment, from London to the small town of Melbourne. His great great great grandson examines his ancestorís contribution to the woodworking heritage of that city.

Woodcraft Guild ACT Inc 30th Annual Exhibition
Held in conjunction with the Canberra Timber & Working with Wood Show, the ACT Guild's annual exhibition continues to be one of the larger and more varied Club competitions in the country.

Neil & Kaye Pedwell's model of the Studebaker Golden Hawk, Robert Joliffe's rocking chair from a Neil Scobie plan and two turned and burnt items by turner and pyrographer, Doug Bell.

USER REPORT - SOVIS Speed Controller
by Alan Bendon
Australian designed and made, the SOVIS Speed Controller enables variable speed control of machines with a Universal Motor, ie. the conventional brush type motor.

Woodturning Demonstration Anecdotes
by John Ewart
John continues his recollections of his long woodturning career, this time covering some of the demonstrations he has seen or done.

Notes on Woodturning Pt.11B - Turning a Coffee Table Leg Using Modified Turning Techniques
by John Ewart
If you are nervous about using the skew chisel, John describes how you can make a turned chair leg using alternative tools for most steps.

The Versatile Bandsaw
The 22nd in our Beginner's Series, this issue we look at some of the operations and advantages of the bandsaw, having covered basic machine set-up in the last issue.


Beginner Project #5 - Cheese & Cracker Platter
by Ken Wraight
Moving up from the coasters and trivets of last issue, Ken uses the same techniques plus new ones to turn this attractive and functional cheese & cracker platter.

Turning Tagua Nuts
by Mike Darlow
Mike turns small bun feet from this unusual off-white plant material, often referred to as an alternative to elephant ivory.

Wooden Treasures
by Alan Logan
Alan's fellow Club member, Tracey Malady, makes finger rings, by turning small pieces of wood chosen for their grain and colour.

A Rectangular Box That Isn't
by Denis Hamilton
A trick of the eye, this out-of-square box looks quite normal when viewed at the correct angle. Itís a fun project as well as a conversation starter.

Turned & Carved Kangaroo Flower Pot
by Erich Aldinger
Challenge your freehand turning technique with this 'modern' sculpture of a kangaroo.

Segmented Top Hall Table
by Charles T Orr
Charles dresses up a hall table by fluting the turned legs and segmenting the table top.

Flaming Pine
by Maurice Passmore
The Granite Belt Woodies have a go at solving the resin problem associated with using Pine as a cabinet timber.

The Devilí's Marbles
by Carolyn McCully
Keen to capture the bright blue sky of the Northern Territory and the vivid white of the desert trees, Carolyn blends painting and pyrography to create the desired effect.

Turning Spillicans from Offcuts
by Aaron Ehrlich
Lengths of 5mm square Huon Pine may look like fire kindling, but Aaron finds a good use for them with this age-old game.

Working with Gifkins Jig - 3 Laminated Jewellery Box
by Don Phillips
Inspired by one of Roger Gifkin's designs, Don makes this striking box with dovetails that neatly align with the laminations.

Other Features

New Products

Book Reviews
Big Book of Christmas Ornaments and Decorations
by the Editors of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine
Best Workbenches
by the editors of Fine Woodworking
Woodturning Christmas Ornaments
by Dale L Nish
Joinery Tips & Techniques
by the editors of Popular Woodworking magazine