Ian Taylor  |  Sep 20, 2008  |  0 comments
Dovetail joints can be pretty unforgiving. They are major showpieces - visible when drawers are open and sometimes permanently on display when they are used for carcase construction. A badly fitting dovetail is something that is difficult to live with. As for loose tenons, there's often a simple fix that can recover the situation, especially if you do it carefully.

Whether the problem comes from the tails being too narrow or the recesses…

The Woodworker  |  Sep 19, 2008  |  0 comments
Record Power is proud to announce the launch of the BS300E 
Economical Bandsaw.

Recognising the need in the marketplace for a high quality bandsaw at a budget price, we have developed a high quality, solidly built but economic version on the BS300X, the UK’s best selling mid range bandsaw.

The Woodworker  |  Sep 18, 2008  |  0 comments
Metabo are proud to launch the 2nd generation PowerMaxx, the PowerMaxx PRO Li, a 7.2V lithium-ion drill/driver.

Metabo produced its first generation PowerMaxx to provide a professional high quality package to home owners and the trade. Perfect for kitchen/shop/bar/office fitters, workshops, garages and builders the aim was to design a tool that allowed the user to gain access to awkward spaces whilst still providing the power they…

Ben Plewes  |  Sep 15, 2008  |  0 comments
I’m driving through Bristol to find the workshop of Niall Meadows, Toby Howes, Andy Butterly and Steve McIlveen: a group of furniture makers who, when they finished college, elected to stay together and form a cooperative where they work independently but under the same roof, rather than going their own separate ways.

As the car’s sat-nav homes in on my destination it takes me left off Gloucester Road and down a small alleyway…

The Woodworker  |  Sep 12, 2008  |  0 comments
Robert Sorby has introduced the first all new, British made lathe chuck for many years. In the recent past Robert Sorby has acted as chuck distributor and as a result has been able to put all the knowledge gained into the design and development of their own new chuck.

With most chucks – even those which carry British brand names – now emanating from Asia, Robert Sorby is using this opportunity to remind turners that top…

Mike Jordan  |  Sep 10, 2008  |  0 comments
There are two things guaranteed to complicate woodworking — heritage and marriage. Just take this door, for example, which was made for a woodworking friend and his wife who live in an old weaver’s cottage. Because the cottage has only one room and a small kitchen on the ground floor, they thought that a framed, ledged, and braced stable-type door would improve the kitchen’s view and ventilation. Being an old cottage, of…

The Woodworker  |  Sep 07, 2008  |  0 comments
A new Project Table will be launched this Autumn by Dremel - one of the smallest tables on the market. Designed specifically for people working on detailed projects, it is compact and lightweight thanks to its optimized steel frame.

With a loading capacity of 45 kgs, it can be used indoors and out by keen hobbyists and small-scale DIYers alike.

The Woodworker  |  Sep 02, 2008  |  0 comments
The words ‘cordless’ and ‘screwdriver’ may conjure up a vision of a small powerless tool with very limited capabilities, best suited to the occasional DIY task. The reality, however is different. Since the introduction of the first battery powered tools the technology has advanced beyond recognition and it’s now possible to produce compact and convenient tools with powerful performance and innovative features. The…

Keith Smith  |  Sep 02, 2008  |  0 comments
The moisture content of a piece of timber is something many of us take for granted. We buy timber from the wood yard and expect it to be fit for purpose. Timber is normally kiln dried down to about 8-10% moisture content but it will quickly reabsorb moisture if it’s stored badly. Does it matter? As the moisture content varies, wood expands and contracts, mainly across the grain. Using timber that has not been dried properly is a sure way…

The Woodworker  |  Sep 01, 2008  |  0 comments
The Projects section hits something of a high this month with some highly attractive and challenging work for you to try. Ian Taylor’s sleigh bed in American cherry and utile is something of a grand design, the use of tambours (some 72 of them – plus 88 splines!) making for a study in production work. Meanwhile Mark Cass makes his Projects debut with a simple yet elegant dining table – you’ll like his projects and you’ll really enjoy…