EDITORS NOTE

Plane and simple My favourite piece of furniture is a bench-cum-coffee table that my father made for me, which has pride of place in our lounge. It’s made of reclaimed oak, it has a wonderful natural knothole in the supporting cross-beam underneath, it features meticulously hand-sawn dovetail joints on each end, and is lovingly inscribed on the underside, including the year it was made – 2013. My next favourite item is our dining-room table. It’s a simple piece, fashioned from reclaimed pallet wood. Glasses don’t balance too well on top, but I love the warm and c...
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Plane and simple My favourite piece of furniture is a bench-cum-coffee table that my father made for me, which has pride of place in our lounge. It’s made of reclaimed oak, it has a wonderful natural knothole in the supporting cross-beam underneath, it features meticulously hand-sawn dovetail joints on each end, and is lovingly inscribed on the underside, including the year it was made – 2013. My next favourite item is our dining-room table. It’s a simple piece, fashioned from reclaimed pallet wood. Glasses don’t balance too well on top, but I love the warm and comfortable vibe it gives off. It’s also where my special people and I sit around eating together, laughing, and sometimes drinking too much red wine. Then (and lastly in the furniture favourites ranks) comes our bed (well, its structure to be precise). It’s ‘made’ of four carefully chosen and still-intact pallets that I sanded diligently, on to which is placed our extra-length queen-size mattress (I’m tall). Again, it’s a simple concept, and our bed is rather low to the ground, but it looks good, and it is extremely comfortable. So aside from my dad’s expertly created bench, my furniture standards aren’t very high, but the point is, I love things that are made from wood, and are made well, and that serve a function. Whenever I catch myself dreaming about what I might’ve done with my life, had things turned out differently, I picture a spacious, well laid-out workshop (possibly somewhere in the country) that’s fully kitted out with workbenches, vices, tools and power tools, along with large windows letting in natural light. In this scenario, I’m also blessed with all the skills and know-how needed to create beautiful items from all kinds of wood. I’m certainly not terrible when it comes to woodworking, but in my mind I’m a lot better than I am in practice. I also wish I got around to doing a lot more of it than I currently do (perhaps that’ll be the case when we’ve made our new house more our own – see my editor’s note from the last issue). The reason I’m rattling on about woodwork and my hopes and dreams is because of the wonderful power tools I’m holding in this picture. Our woodworking feature in this issue talks about track saws, but chatting to the guys at BPM Toolcraft who assisted us with the article got me all excited again about the art form that is woodwork. I’m in awe of people who create attractive and functional pieces from wood, and I’ve resolved to get more stuck in to woodworking during 2019. All of which is a great segue for my sign-off note. Happy 2019! Here’s to a year filled with many good things, fewer frustrating politicians and upsetting global issues, more successfully performed DIY tasks, and endless interesting reads in Popular Mechanics.show less