Article Index 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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...