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PROJECTS
Talking points: a commission to design and construct some furniture fit for former American presidents, the highest echelons of the literati and some of the most illustrious names from the world of journalism brings out the best in former cover star Phil Koomen
 
First-class dining: a bride-to-be's request to Alan Willey to make a cutlery canteen that is a little out of the ordinary leads him to make a piece that we're sure you'll agree emphatically meets the brief
 
The key to dovetails: Phil Davy's step-by-step guide to building a key cabinet, focussing on getting those dovetails just right
 
Craft fair favourites: there are some turned items says Les Thorne, speaking from experience of course, that always go down a treat at craft fairs. Here's his guide to making some of them
 
PEOPLE & PLACES
Show season: the late summer is renowned for its proliferation of festivals. We sent out our intrepid correspondents to bring you back a full summary of the best of them
 
Toby Howes (on the cover): Bristol based maker Toby Howes' innovative work will have your jaw headed for an impromptu meeting with the floor. Here's a preview to whet your appetite.
 
Roots festival furniture: there's more to WOMAD than world music finds Phil Davy, as he gets involved with a project to put four stages together in four days. The results are certainly worth seeing!
 
TECHNIQUE
Red menace: Stephen Simmons knows a few handy shortcuts when it comes to colour matching new mahogany with old
 
Back in service: Jeff Gorman is joined on the front line by some tools he thought had seen their last days in action
 
Sketching basics: learning how to properly get your ideas from your head on to paper is an essential part of the design process asserts Mark Griffiths
 
TOOLS ON TEST
-Lamello Invis jointing system
-Pax 1776 progressive-tooth saw
-Einhell BT-VC 1250S vacuum
-Trend diamond taper file
 
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