AWW Issue 231 September/October 2023


Table of Contents


John Mathew – Tasmanian Woodworker
by Wendy Young
John has produced an eclectic array of woodworking from furniture and jewellery boxes to over 70 scale models of horse-drawn vehicles.

Gallery – Roger Jenkins
A South Australian designer of Big Rig woodworking plans, Roger has built two new designs and added them to his range – the Kenworth W900 and the Kenworth T909 prime movers.

Club Drumbeat
Korumburra Men’s Shed (Vic) winds up with much bigger premises in a converted railway locomotive shed, Mallala Men’s Shed (SA) has a woodshop, metalshop and CNC facilities, and the Darwin Men’s Shed is the city’s only Men’s Shed.

The Story of Gifkins Dovetail
by Pam Corrigan Initially developed by Roger Gifkins as a jig for his personal use, Gifkins Dovetail now represents a range of Australian-made joint jigs for the beginner to professional box maker and furniture maker.

Gallery – David Kemp
A member of Parramatta Men’s Shed (NSW) David Kemp has enjoyed making a number of model wooden vehicles in recent years.

Choosing the Perfect Edge Banding Machine
by SCM Woodworking
Edge banders come in sizes to suit the hobbyist up to the professional and provide a commercial finish to the edge of sheet materials.

Replica HM Sloop Norfolk
by Craig Dixon
Now housed in the Bass & Flinders Maritime Museum in George Town TAS, this boat is a replica of the Norfolk that Bass and Flinders used to circumnavigate Tasmania in 1798 and establish that Tasmania was an island.

Men’s Sheds – The Gender Issue
by Rick Rutherford
Rick explores the origins of Men’s Sheds, the growth first in Australia and then internationally, some of the reasons why some Sheds are men only and some aren’t, and the growth of Women’s Sheds.

Repurposing an Old Chisel
by Harry Ellis
Harry converts a sorry-looking Marple and Sons mortise chisel into a useful long-handled chisel plane for trimming wood plugs (pellets).

The Remarkabe Story of Robertson Screws
by Screw It Screws
The origin and advantages of the patented Robertson square drive screw.

Western Sydney Woodturners Club Challenge
by George Hatfield, Associate Editor
The Club’s annual challenge, held in conjunction with the AGM, has two categories – Woodturning Only and Open/Sculptural.


Pentagon-Shaped Turned Bowls
by John Di Stefano
John has devised a method for turning pentagon-shaped bowls from blanks 150-250mm square and not less than 60mm thick. He uses a jig to reverse the pentagon shape on the lathe so he can finish turn the bottom.

LegoTM Head Minifig Display Shelf
by James Finger aka Fixit Fingers
LegoTM Minifig plastic figurines are highly collectable but every collection needs a display. This is a themed display shelf which will be treasured by the Minigfig collector in your family or among your friends.

Segmented Curved Platter
by Richard Collins and Gareth Kent
Richard and his grandson Gareth made a number of these attractive segmented curved platters as Christmas presents one year.

Bookworm Bookends
by George Hatfield
Another of George’s favourite projects, this one is a novel set of bookends featuring the head and tail of a ‘bookworm’. The segmented design requires the turning of a number of discs, two spheres and a top hat, plus the disc shapes on the actual bookends.

Turning a Baby’s Rattle
by Georgie Crossley
Rice trapped inside a laminated blank of contrasting timbers is the basis of this turned wooden baby rattle. Care has to be taken to shape the rattle as desired and not break through to the rice chamber.

Waiting for Sunshine (Pyrography)
by Carolyn McCully
This project provides contrasting images with a variety of feathers for the bird and aged woodgrain for the gardening tool.

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AWW Issue 231 September/October 2023
AWW Issue 231 September/October 2023