Issue Number 193

June 2017


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Notes on Woodturning Part 34 -
Split Turnings

Precision Planing with Jigs

Making a Box Book

The Camera Clock

A Rolling Stool for the Workshop

The Waiter and the Pirate

Router-based Finger Jointer

Cow Skull

Market Wares # 22 -
Small Chalk Board

Beginner Series #44 -
A Simple Mitre Jig



Table of Contents


Pegasus - a Kinetic Sculpture
by Bob Hains
Made for the Brisbane City Council Recycled Art Competition 2016, this 800mm long horse with an 1100mm wingspan has a moving head, tail, legs and wings, all driven by cogs and levers running off a single motor.

Accoya® - acetylated Radiata Pine for exterior applications
Very dimensionally stable and rot-resistant, this unique product, processed in The Netherlands and readily available here in Australia, opens up a wide range of applications for timber in exterior and wet area projects.

Club Drumbeat
Knox and District Woodworkers' Club (VIC), Fine Woodwork Association (WA) Inc and Bayside Woodturners and Woodcrafters (QLD).

by Alexander Black
Don’t throw your older model router away just because you can’t find a guide bush to fit it. Trend UK manufacture a universal sub-base pre-drilled to fit most makes and models of router, and designed to accept Trend UK's large range of accessories.

Les Morrison's monster wooden toy tractor is two metres long and weighs 300kg. Peter Fogelman appreciates the use of wood rather than plastic for his back scratchers and John Hamilton displays his Honduras Mahogany utensils and chain.

A Big Lathe
As mentioned in John Ewart's article in this issue, Courtney Williams from Williams Woodturning in Brookvale, Sydney, uses a ‘massive lathe’ to produce his long architectural turnings.


Notes on Woodturning Part 34 - Split Turnings
by John Ewart
Split turnings offer a solution to a variety of woodturning applications including half-round columns and hollow columns. John describes the making of half round columns for an extended Honour Board.

Precision Planing with Jigs
by Richard Collins
Richard introduces a couple of jigs that he uses to accurately plane rectangular and trapezoidal cross sectional pieces for his projects.

Making a Box Book
by John Swinkels
These attractive and practical box-like books are a good project for introducing your children or grandchildren to the fun of woodworking.

The Camera Clock
by Don Phillips
Technology moves at such a pace that you might have to build this clock quickly before your children forget what a digital camera looks likes. Don describes a trio of homemade jigs that can be used for almost any clock you can imagine.

A Rolling Stool for the Workshop
by John Swinkels
John builds a turned stool from offcuts and four casters. In addition to being practical, the stool is compact enough to store away when not in use.

The Waiter and the Pirate
by Aaron Ehrlich
As an exercise in microturning, Aaron converted two flexible plain wooden dolls into items that are a lot more interesting and colourful.

Router-based Finger Jointer
by John Hamilton
Developed and built by John many years ago, this finger jointer is still a useful and effective machine for accurately cutting a series of finger joints using a portable router or trimmer.

Cow Skull
by Carolyn McCully
An iconic rural image, the cow skull is a useful pyrography pattern for anything with a country and western theme. In addition to working through the differing textures of the horns and the skull, Carolyn describes how to draw straight lines with your pen and burn a wide dark border.

Market Wares # 22 - Small Chalk Board
by Don Phillips
A chalk board is relatively simple to make and useful for parents with young children, fellow market stallholders and people with small retail businesses. Children can draw on it for hours without wasting paper and retailers can set up signage without a power outlet nearby.

Beginner Series #44 - A Simple Mitre Jig
Jigs allow you to greatly extend the versatility of your existing power tools and machinery. Some can be store-bought but most can be made inexpensively in the workshop from offcuts. They may take a little time to make, but carefully stored and operated, they can last a very long time. We look at a simple mitre jig for the table saw which will greatly improve the accuracy and speed of your mitre joints for picture framing.

Other Features

New Products

Book Reviews
Hardwood Edging and Inlay for Curved Tables
by Scott Grove
New Woodturning
by Helga Becker