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Vesper Tools Turns 20
Over the twenty years of following his passion for woodworking and toolmaking, Chris Vesper has built his business from a hobby to a world-renowned brand for woodworking marking tools.

 

The Tree Table
by Brian Crossman
Camphor Laurel produces wood with beautiful colour and grain, but it doesnít usually grow to a size where it can be slabbed to make a table. Typically it is cut into boards, but Brian took a different approach, taking a slab of Camphor Laurel (including the tree trunk profile) and incorporating it into a Tasmanian Oak table.

Club Drumbeat
Local farmers and a few retirees started the Bairnsdale & District Woodcraft Group (VIC) in the 1980s when the farmers decided that a woodturning club was a better way to spend their time in town rather than discussing livestock prices at the saleyard. For the Wimmera Woodturners Guild Inc (VIC), River Red Gum is the local timber and features frequently in their work.



 

Trenching Jig
by Don Phillips
Most repetitive machine cuts are made easier with the use of a jig. This also applies to housing joints for shelving where it is essential to machine the trenches on the opposing panels in line with each other and of the correct width and depth. Don's trenching jig, to be used with a portable router, does exactly this and allows you to machine the joints quickly, accurately and with confidence.

Improving a Box
In the 47th instalment of our Beginner Series, we ask the question - having learnt the basics, what's next? - and apply this approach to improving a wooden box beyond a basic design.

 

Chessboard with Storage Drawer
by Lance Winter
This chessboard has a few features that make it stand out from the other designs. The chess pieces store in a drawer beneath the board, which can be withdrawn from either side - the drawer is held in the 'locked' position with magnets. The chessboard itself can be made in one of two configurations - the traditional level board or a tiered board with the more powerful pieces overlooking the pawns.

USER REPORT - Fiskars PowerGear
Aviation Snips

by Scott Yeo
Big brother to the Hardware Snip reviewed in AWW #197 February 2018, Fiskars PowerGear Aviation Snips is less useful in a general woodworking workshop than the Snip but should interest those who combine metalworking with their woodwork.

 

Bull Dragon
by Carolyn McCully
Carolyn reshapes a plastic T-Rex skull to form this image of a dragon and dragon skull. The piece requires a substantial use of the spoon shader to achieve the effects required.

A Sort of Bookcase - 2
by Allen Barrett
Having discussed the building of the carcase last issue, Allen moves on to the construction of the drawers plus the finishing of this child-friendly storage unit.
 

Notes on Woodturning Part 40 - Saving a Shaving Brush
by John Ewart
Replacing a broken plastic handle to a favourite shaving brush with a wooden one gives the opportunity to make something better. Itís also a quirky thing to make as a turning exercise.

Spring-loaded Coin Tube
by John Swinkels
While this turned coin tube is designed to hold $50 worth of $2 coins, the design can be readily adapted to hold other coin denominations, plastic tokens and gaming chips, depending on your requirements. Itís much easier to keep such items readily accessible in such a holder, rather than loosely stored in a bag.

 

Power Carving a Scandinavian Style Bowl
by John Swinkels
John admired the smooth curved shapes of the traditional Scandinavian wooden bowls, but lacked the high quality Swedish handtools required to make them. Instead he improvised, using power tools he had in his workshop, to produce bowls in the same flowing style.

Products   Market Wares #27 - Pen Holders
by Don Phillips
When making anything to sell at a market, the cost of the material has to be a consideration. If you can make useful items from the leftover scrap in your workshop, you make a better profit. With this in mind, Don has been making different styles of pen holders, embellishing them with inexpensive pens to improve sales.