Tall Chest: Constructing Lipped Drawers

The key to quality work is to fit the parts before assembly and to pay close attention to the fine details.
By Lonnie Bird
Pages: 66-69

From the December 2005 issue #152
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Few things speak of craftsmanship like a fine drawer. Flawless dovetails, crisp, yet mildly textured hand-planed surfaces, and a smooth, precise fit all say “it’s handmade.” Making fine drawers requires sharp, well-tuned hand tools, careful measurements and a concentration of effort. It’s both challenging and a great source of personal satisfaction.

When speaking of drawers, there are generally two types that are used in fine furniture: flush and lipped. A third drawer type, overlay, is typically reserved for use in kitchen and shop cabinets where the work is often not as detailed.

From the December 2005 issue #152
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