Lonnie Bird

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...

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...

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...

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...