Lonnie Bird

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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 Buy this issue now Few things speak of craftsmanship like a fine drawer. Flawless dovetails, crisp, yet mildly textured hand-planed surfaces, and...

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Tall Chest: Carcase Construction

Building fine furniture is challenging, but never impossible. Learn the techniques necessary for efficiently building any casework. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 58-65 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now If you’ve never tried your hand at building a chest of drawers but you’ve built several projects with success, the simple tall...

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Fundamentals of Layout

Owning the right tools and knowing a few tricks will ensure accurate work. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 76-79 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now Layout is one of the most important processes in woodworking; it provides an essential “road map” to point you in the right direction when cutting and...

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Your First Hand-cut Dovetails

The right techniques and tools (plus a few tricks) will give you a good start on mastering this fine traditional joint. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 60-65 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Dovetails have long been recognized as the premier joint for casework and drawers – and for good reason....

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Making Ogee Feet

Sinuous and beautiful, this period furniture detail is actually straightforward to make. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 49-51 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now The flowing curves of ogee bracket feet provide a sculptural look to desks, chests and other forms of fine casework. Although there are a number of variations...

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Workholding Strategies

Your workbench’s vise isn’t the only way to secure your workpieces. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 40-44 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Learning to use hand tools opens a whole new realm of woodworking possibilities. Planes, saws and chisels give your work fine details that can’t be matched by any...

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Modifying Stock Chisels

Out-of-the box chisels can derail your chances of tight dovetails. Improve almost any tool with these quick fixes. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 61-63 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now In my recent article on cutting dovetails (“Your First Handcut Dovetails,” February 2005) I stated that the process of creating this...

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The Case for Bevel-up Planes

A craftsman makes the argument that bevel-up planes are easier to tune for end grain and difficult woods. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 44-48 From the August 2009 issue #177 Buy this issue now I can clearly remember my first experience with bench planes. I was in high school shop class and while I was...

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Better Glue Joints

Your joints will last for decades if you know how to apply your glue. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 38-41 From the November 2004 issue #144 Buy this issue now Much of woodworking is joinery: An edge-to-edge joint is used to join two or more boards to create a tabletop, dovetails are carefully cut and...