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ON THE COVER
Last man standing
Meet 92-year-old Maurice Franklin the last woodturner in one of its former heartlands

Jack plane giant test
Andy King and Phil Davey with the lowdown on four different planes

Mr Tambour Man
Pete Martin teaches the basics of the roll top cover with this neat bread basket


PROJECTS
Nothing to loose
David Roberts awakes from his Christmas slumbers to build a ‘something from nothing’ tool cabinet

Roman conquest
Jeff Gorman transforms a wizened billet of Roman conquest era bog fir into a pill box

Centrefold
You can see why John Galvin’s stunning Manolo lounger grabbed top prize in the Woodwork Awards

Roll top revelations
Tambour covers look daunting but Pete Martin shows how to do it

Bunk beds
Alan Willey builds sturdy as this set of bunk beds needs plenty of storage space

Pomander
Les Thorne gets all fragrant using banksia nuts and English native timber to make a bud vase and a pomander.


TECHNIQUES
Jack Plane Giant Test
Lie-Nielson, Stanley, Vertias and cheaper and cheerful newbie Quengshang fight it out. Andy King and Phil Davy deliver the verdict

Game on
Stephen Simmons uses a heck of a lot of matchsticks to restore an ancient backgammon board

Rusted but trusted
Mark Griffiths swears by his aged machinery


PEOPLE AND PLACES
Maurice Franklin
Once the East End of London hummed to a thousand lathes – meet Maurice
Franklin, 92,  the last turner on Hackney Road

Art Nouveau
To some people it was a disease to others fiendish to make but sublime. Phil Whitfeld explains

Anatomy of a Classic
Gordon Russell was a giant of English furniture design and not just for
his iconic pre-war radio and TV cabinets

YOUR FAVOURITES
News
Gadget of the month
Growth Rings; student bench
Solutions
Letters/Maker’s notes
Around the house
Readers’ ads
Next month
Finishing Touch

TOOLS ON TEST
Veritas pocket square
Makita planer
Jack Plane giant test