Issue Number 164

August 2012

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Cheaper by the Dozen - a Wooden Pencil Box

Beginner Project - Salt & Pepper Shakers

Carving a Kookaburra

Micro-Turning with a Dremel

Furniture Repair

A Simple Lathe Accessory

Make a Workbench Tail Vice -1

The Australian Pelican


Table of Contents


by Andrew MacDougall
Based on the commercial machines used to sharpen Robert Sorby hand tools in the factory, the ProEdge may look like a linisher but the construction and belts used are quite different. The result is a different way to sharpen edge tools, with a number of advantages.

John Sully's entertainment unit, John Rogers' wooden BMX bike and Phil Perkins's Queen Anne Lowboy in Queensland Maple.

Club Drumbeat
The Woodturners of Denmark (WA) have their annual exhibition, Redcliffe & District Woodcraft Society Inc (QLD) celebrate 20 years and Ballarat Woodworkers' Guild (VIC) hold their annual Wood & Craft Show.

Coffs Harbour Furniture Design Course
by John Ewart
With fewer TAFE colleges offering woodworking courses, the North Coast Institute of TAFE (Coffs Harbour campus) bucks the trend, offering Furniture Design Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses since 2000.

MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2013
Now considered to be the largest maritime event in the Southern Hemisphere, this biennial event is a celebration of wooden boats and boatbuilding, held in Hobart in February.

Notes on Woodturning Pt.10B
- Using the Detail Gouge

by John Ewart
Cutting, scraping, slicing and shaping with the detail gouge, a tool woodturners often regard as the most versatile item in their kit.

T&WW Show Sydney/Canberra
The 2012 season of the Timber & Working with Wood Shows continues with the Sydney Show in July (New Venue - Sydney Showground) and the Canberra Show at the beginning of September. The theme of this year's Shows is Come (to the Show), Try (out the tools and equipment) and Learn (about all aspects of woodworking.

USER REPORT - Bosch Sabre Saw

Honing Edge Tools
The 20th in our Beginners' Series, in this issue we discuss honing - why it is different to sharpening, its importance and how to do it successfully. We look at honing wheels, strops, bench stones and diamond plates.


Cheaper by the Dozen - a Wooden Pencil Box
by Richard Rees
With the aid of a router and a homemade jig, Richard turned this project into a production run for Christmas presents. The box features a novel twist, slide and rotate action to open the lid.

Beginner Project - Salt & Pepper Shakers
by Ken Wraight
Ken introduces drilling on centre and the use of a jam chuck to turn these shakers. The same approach can be used for bud vases.

Carving a Kookaburra
by Frank Rowe
An Australian icon, the kookaburra is a little more difficult to carve than may first appear, but it makes an attractive sculpture nonetheless. Frank uses both carving and pyrography to capture the kookaburra's unique appearance.

Micro-Turning with a Dremel
by Aaron Ehrlich
Aaron employs an idea off the Internet to set up a Dremel rotary tool to power a homemade micro lathe. To make best use of the lathe, Aaron also has to make suitable micro-turning tools.

Furniture Repair
by Peter Fogelman
Fixing a chair is relatively easy once the broken dowels are removed from the joints, but how can this be done without damaging the dowel holes? As joint doctor in his retirement village, Peter explains his tried and tested method.

A Simple Lathe Accessory
by Guy Sands
Guy found that by combining a Dremel on its drill press stand with a lathe and indexer, he could make treads on wooden wheels quickly and accurately. This set-up has the potential to be used for a number of applications.

Make a Workbench Tail Vice -1
by Richard Collins
A handy accessory for any woodworking bench, this homemade tail vice is large, well made and easy to use.

The Australian Pelican
by Carolyn McCully
Using a variety of pyrography strokes, layered burns and a touch of colour, Carolyn creates a favourite image from her childhood.

Other Features

New Products

Book Reviews
Woodworker’s Guide to Sharpening
by John English
Turning Custom Duck and Game Calls
by Ed Glenn & Greg Keats
Essentials Woodcarving Techniques
by Dick Onians
Woodwork for Women
by Patt Gregory

DVD Reviews
Antipodean Adventures in Woodturning — Manta Ray
by Terry Scott
A Burning Ambition — Mastering Pyrography Vol.1
by Bob Neill