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Welcome to our May issue, which is ready to inspire you to get busy in your workshops! Our projects section includes Clint Rose’s unique design for a bird table, which includes a series of planters to make it really stand out, before Tristan Dare creates a unique cutting board design consisting of 100 pieces of beautiful contrasting wood. In addition, we have a couple of great DIY projects from Phil Davy, not forgetting our monthly turning project from Les Thorne. And if that’s not enough, in our technical section, John Bullar shows how box-making projects are well suited to a small workshop with a few good quality tools; Peter Bishop looks at how manufacturing processes and techniques have developed to utilise wood; John McMahon builds the wheelhouse for a large, steel hulled riverboat. Moving on to our ‘people & places’ section, in ‘Home truths’, Edward Hopkins makes three useless objects and finds that they aren’t. Chris Vesper of Vesper Tools is this month’s featured profile, as we go on to tell the inspirational story of his desire to produce the best hand tools in the world. As usual, we have some great kit and tools on our test bench, including an exclusive review of the Makita DRT50ZJX3 cordless LXT router, which benefits from four different versatile bases and includes a whole host of accessories. Next up we look at a range of Shogun Japanese saws, with all three capable of producing fine, efficient cuts in a variety of materials, before we get to grips with IRWIN’s new range of QUICK-GRIP One-Handed Bar Clamps. And don’t forget, if you send in your top workshop hint or tip, you could be in with a chance of getting your hands on a magnificent Veritas low-angle jack plane, worth over £250. See our letters and makers pages for details - good luck! As well as the above, we also have all your usual favourites, including news and courses and ‘Around the House’. All this and much more in GW331!

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