Issue Number 118

December 2004

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Making a Letter Knife

Cutting Dovetails by Hand

Making a Rocking Chair

Working with a Drawknife

Matthew Flinders' Chess Set

Inlay Work with a Scrollsaw

A Lute from the Internet



Table of Contents


David's Woodworking Takes Off
A profile of wooden model plane maker, David Spall.

Dedication at Deception Bay
Woodturning students at Deception Bay High School QLD extend themselves beyond the curriculum.

Woodworking Safety Equipment
Not all accessories assist us to machine wood faster and more accurately. Some have been developed to make woodworking safer.

A TAFE teacher, Jason Farrall has been designing his own furniture for a number of years.

No Flight of Fancy
With the help of people from around Australia and the world, Eric Hayden is building a Wright Bros Model A plane in Narromine NSW.

Equipment for the Ultimate Workshop - 5
JET sanding machines and high quality blades and cutters from Henry Bros Saws.

DMT DuoSharp Diamond Sharpener

by Les Miller

Club Drumbeat
Central Coast Woodturners Co-op Expands
Formed in 1985 the Central Coast Woodturners based around Gosford, north of Sydney, have grown from strength to strength.

Across the Teacher's Bench
by Les Miller (Assoc. Editor)
The ABC of Power Tools - Part 3
Portable Sanders from Attachments to Random Orbital.

Carving Collaboration
by Suzanne Stahl
Wood and metal are combined in this modern sculpture.

Adelaide and Canberra Shows Photo Diary
A gallery of winning entries at this year's Shows.

George's Corner
by George Hatfield
USA Woodturning Tour - Atlanta.

A Digital Camera in the Workshop
Digital cameras are a powerful tool in the workshop to keep records of your work and construction methods.

Felder CF741 Combination Machine

by Fred Buckley

JET Mini Lathe

by Neil Scobie

Selleys Aquadhere Range

by Les Miller


Woodturning Tips
by George Hatfield
Making a Letter Knife
George turns the knife shape from Mesquite and then uses a bandsaw and sander to finish the blade.

Cutting Dovetails by Hand
by Charles Orr
There are still reasons for cutting dovetails by hand and they're not as difficult to make as they may first appear.

Five Chairs for Posterity - 2
by Jim Cleaver
In this installment we build the back and the seat.

Working with a Drawknife
by Lindsay G Collins
Though it has somewhat fallen from favour in recent years, the drawknife is still a very useful hand tool for shaping wood.

Matthew Flinders' Chess Set
by Mike Darlow
A touch of history adds to the appeal of this intricately turned chess set.

Inlay Work with a Scrollsaw
by Neil Schulz (Assoc. Editor)
The versatility of the scrollsaw enables inlay work to be done by machine rather than by hand.

A Lute from the Internet
by Steve Marshall
Building a baroque lute by correspondence over the Internet proved to be a most rewarding experience.

Other Features

New Products

Good Ideas & Short Cuts
Gluing Mitred Joints, Ice Cream Drawers

Book Reviews
Understanding Woodturning
by Ann and Bob Phillips
Making Elegant Custom Tables
by Doug Stowe
Build your own Custom Workbenches
by Mark Corke

Workshop Shortcuts for Woodworkers
by Graham McCulloch