Issue Number 145

June 2008

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A Corner Entertainment Unit -
Part 2

Irish Metal Strung Harp

Rosa's Flowers

A Modern Cake Stand

A Quick-Fix Faceplate

Kookaburra on an Artist's Palette

A Centering Jig for your Lathe


Table of Contents


Your Guide to the Timber and Working with Wood Shows
Now under new management, this year's Timber & Working with Wood Shows are about to begin, so itís time to plan a visit to your closest Show.

Hunter Show Report
In February the Woodturners of the Hunter held another successful Woodworking Hobbies Expo.

USER Report:
21" Excalibur Scrollsaw

by Alex Barton
This high quality Scrollsaw has some interesting and impressive features not found on other machines.

Curved Beams at Artisans Retreat
by Peter Calabria
Peter used an unusual structure to achieve the 'wow' factor he wanted for his teaching workshop and gallery at Taree (NSW).

Surface Decoration Day 2008
by Glenn Roberts
There was a lot to see and learn at this special day arranged by the Blue Mountains Woodturners.

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Top Saver Tool Saver

by Denis Drew
Denis recommends this product for rust protection.

Music in the Valley
The Torrens Valley Christian School (SA) is introducing its students to instrument making.

USER Report:
Sawstop 254mm Contractor Saw

by Stuart Duffy
This solid, versatile saw, at home in the workshop or on-site, includes the Sawstop safety feature.

We showcase the work of two readers.

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by Alan Baron
This versatile drum sander will sand drawer sides and panels, plus act as a sander/jointer.

Club Drumbeat
Sydney Hospital benefits from toys and furniture made by the Oyster Bay Triton Owner's Club.

Kiama Challenge
Every year, the Kiama Woodcraft Guild sets a new Challenge to its members. These are some of the superb entries for 2009.

Starting with a Bare Floor
Thereís a lot to be considered when you are planning workshop.

Questions & Answers
by Paul Gregson
Paul answers readers' questions.


by Brendan Stemp
Brendan Stemp, one of Australia's leading woodturners, shares with us his exploration of cantilevered turning that led to the exquisite piece shown on the cover.

A Corner Entertainment Unit - Part 2
by Neil Scobie
Well known and highly respected wood craftsman, Neil Scobie, completes his article on the making of a Home Entertainment Unit.

Irish Metal Strung Harp
by Pat Sephton
The instructions given here should allow any competent woodworker to make this attractive musical instrument.

Rosa's Flowers
by Gloria Banting
Using skills learned in her native Germany, Rosa makes wooden flowers from local trees.

A Modern Cake Stand
by Carol Rix
Well known woodturner and author, Carol Rix, gives instructions for making an attractive, modern Cake Stand.

Custom Made Cutter
by Alan Logan
A helpful tool for making Crushgrind Pepper Mills.

A Quick-Fix Faceplate
by John Looker
John shows how he made a lightweight faceplate to secure blanks with hot melt glue.

Kookaburra on an Artist's Palette
by Caroline McCully
This, the latest of Caroline's creations, is described with her usual attention to detail.

A Centering Jig for your Lathe
by Les Roberts
This easy to make wooden jig will help you centre large or long workpieces in your lathe.

Other Features

New Products

Book Reviews
Carving Gargoyles, Grotesques and other Creatures of Myth
(History, Lore and 12 artistic patterns)
by Shawn Cipa
The Wood Turner's Project Book
Basic to Advanced Techniques
by Ellis Hein
Zodiac Puzzles for Scroll Saw Woodworking
by Judy and Dave Peterson
To Turn the Perfect Wooden Bowl
The Lifelong Quest of Bob Stocksdale
by Ron Roszkiewicz
Woodworker's Guide to Dovetails
How to make the essential joint by hand or machine
by Ernie Conover

DVD Reviews
Sharpening Chisels & Planes
by Ian Kirby
Carving a Figure: The Female Form
with Ray Gonzalez