Issue Number 167

February 2013

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Upholstered Footstool & Sewing Box

Rotating Bookcase

A Cherished Memory

Ye Olde Treasure Chest

Making a Camera Obscura

Beginner Project #6 - Cheese Knife

Wall-hung Corner Cupboard

Folding Candleholder



Table of Contents


John Looker's wooden geared clock built to the David Bryant DB335 plan and Maricha Oxley’s Rod Point Sailing Club trophy.

Torimba 2012
by Gloria Banting
Now in its 43rd year, the annual Torimba Festival in Ravenshoe QLD attracted a variety of excellent entries in different categories, many from younger woodworkers.

Robert Sorby Micro Turning Tools

by Aaron Ehrlich
A keen turner of miniatures, Aaron trials the new set of Sorby modular micro tools including the Sandermaster and Spiralling tools.

Notes on Woodturning Pt.12:
Turning a Job Using a Steady Rest

by John Ewart
John explains the function of a steady rest when turning long thin items and when and how you should use one on the lathe.

Sutton Tools Four-Fluted Auger Bits

by Bob Barrington
Bob tests Sutton Tool’s alternative to the traditional spade bit.

Turnfest Masters
by Neil Scobie
Celebrating a ten year journey, Turnfest 2012 had an outstanding line-up of international and Australian demonstrators.

Making Scrollsawn Clocks
by Cedric Shorey Ph.D
While Cedric has built a number of different clocks in the past, his latest interest is decorated clock cases made with the scrollsaw.

Dovetails and Log-cutting on a Bandsaw
The 23rd in our Beginner’s Series, we look at cutting dovetails on a bandsaw with a jig and breaking down a log on a bandsaw with a purpose-made sled.

St Therese of Lisieux
by Maricha Oxley
Maricha discusses the challenges in the construction of her 2.5 metre tall religious sculpture carved from Huon Pine and weighing approx. 65kg.


Pocket Screw Joints
by Reg Cooke
Needing to invisibly attach a finger rest to a guitar, while still making it detachable, Reg resorted to an old technique not commonly used today - the pocket screw joint.

Upholstered Footstool & Sewing Box
by Peter Fogelman
Peter's version of an antique footstool is an interesting subject for upholstering as well as a practical and attractive furniture item.

Rotating Bookcase
by Charles Storey
A sure winner with the bookworm in the family, this modern take on the traditional mobile rotating bookcase is a handy unit that can be built one or two shelves high.

A Cherished Memory
by Carolyn McCully
A pyrography of a treasured pet can make a wonderful and lasting memento. Carolyn describes the burning of a portrait of her sister’s dog, Storm.

Ye Olde Treasure Chest
by Alan Bendon
Keep your treasures, whatever they may be, in this themed jewellery box. The trick is in making the lid which has several arched components.

Making a Camera Obscura
by Aaron Ehrlich
This device, used for centuries in the time before plate, film and digital cameras, makes an interesting project and still has its uses today.

Beginner Project #6 - Cheese Knife
by Ken Wraight
While a knife is a relatively small item to turn, Ken shows that there's a fair amount of design and technique involved in producing this cheese knife.

Wall-hung Corner Cupboard
by Don Phillips
With only a room corner for storage space, Don designs and builds a cupboard for the coffee cups and glasses used on special occasions.

Folding Candleholder
by John Swinkels
Based on a similar item sold in plastic, John makes these candleholders designed to take four tealights

Other Features

New Products

Book Reviews
Fresh Designs for Woodworking
by Thomas Haapapuro
Turning Wood with Carbide Tools
by John English
14 Boxes You Can Make edited
by Jim Harrold
Whittlin’ Whistles
by Rick Wiebe

DVD Review
Sharpening and Tuning Hand Planes and Chisels
by Hendrik Varju