Issue Number 178

December 2014


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Market Wares - 6. Boot Puller

Beginner Project #17A Natural Edge Winged Burl Bowl

Making Christmas Tree Decorations with a Scroll Saw

Notes on Woodturning Pt.19 - Turning a Wooden Bangle

Night Visitor

Captive Rings



Table of Contents


Router Survey
We've compiled a list of 7 brands, 22 models, of portable electric routers, along with their main features. We also discuss what to look for when buying a router and when purchasing router bits.

Nick Abbott's River Red Gum burl chest of drawers, Cheryl Dal Pozzo's rusted fabric version of Carolyn McCully’s Orchid Falls and the South-East Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild's traction engine winning entry in the Guild's 2014 Challenge.

An Unconventional Lathe
by Les White
Inspired by an old book by Frank Pain, Ian took up woodturning. Without actually having seen wood being turned, Ian built his own lathe which he has modified and extended over time.

Junior Reader Giveaway
We have two Dremel 3000 Project Kits to give away to junior woodworkers 8-15 years of age.

The Traditional Tool Group's Annual Sydney Tool Sale
If you are interested in hand tools, new or old, then you’ll enjoy TTTG's annual sale.

USER REPORT - Mitre Maker Pro and Spline Jigs
by Renato Spagnolo
Designed and manufactured in Australia, these jigs for the router table enable you to cut mitre joints for box making with ease and strengthen the joints with hidden or exposed splines as desired.

Club Drumbeat
The Hastings Woodworkers Guild Inc (NSW) holds its 20th Anniversary while the Western Sydney Woodturners have their 25th.

More Woodturning Demonstration & Teaching Anecdotes
by John Ewart
John relates more tales from his past when he taught and demonstrated turning around the country.

Dennis Donnelly
by Neil Scobie
Neil looks at the work of turner, Dennis Donnelly, and the impact of his enthusiasm and knowledge.

Choosing a Finish
The 32nd article in our beginner's series, this time we look at the main differences between finishes such as shellac, linseed oil, tung oil, resin and varnish.


Market Wares - 6. Boot Puller
by Graham Redden
Simple to make but invaluable for the boot wearer, these boot pullers will be appreciated by customers and friends alike.

Beginner Project #17A Natural Edge Winged Burl Bowl
by Ken Wraight
For this project you need to select a suitable burl blank, so Ken starts by discussing what to look for when choosing burls for woodturning projects.

Carved Walking Stick Handle Repair
by Graham Waldon
While it was an unusual solution, a hidden copper ferrule enabled an effective repair for an 1890s ladies' carved walking stick handle.

Making Christmas Tree Decorations with a Scroll Saw
by Phillip McKerrow
Phillip presents six decorations of his own design and then discusses at length how to make the best use of your scroll saw. This article is not only topical for the season but is also a very good primer for those taking up the scroll saw.

Notes on Woodturning Pt.19 - Turning a Wooden Bangle
by John Ewart
Round wooden rings have a multitude of applications, including bangle jewellery. John details how to turn these shapes.

Night Visitor
by Carolyn McCully
Carolyn's second pyrography of a possum, this one makes extensive use of negative burning and a 'black' background.

Captive Rings
by Aaron Ehrlich
Captive rings have fascinated non-woodworkers and novice turners for centuries. Aaron explains the technique and then turns a practical application, a molinillo, a traditional wooden whisk used in South America to stir hot chocolate.

Repairing a Spinning Wheel
by Ken Sullivan
From a pile of borer damaged bits, Ken was able to salvage a working Saxony style spinning wheel, built by Joel Miller, an Amish farmer who made spinning wheels in Pennsylvania USA between 1840 and 1875.

Other Features

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Book Reviews
Classic American Furniture
by Christopher Schwarz and the Editors of Woodworking Magazine
Home Workshop Storage
Editor: Jim Harrold