Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Build And Fit A Dovetailed Drawer

with Philip Lowe

August 03 - 04 , 2019

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Build and Fit a Dovetailed Drawer

with Philip Lowe

August 3-4, 2019

Saturday (9-5) Sunday (9-4)

Materials Fee: $50

Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $325; $275 Ticket and $50 Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 12 people.

Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.

To sign up, click the 'Buy' button above or call: 800-327-2520. A non-refundable $125 advance deposit is required at checkout; full payment is required 30 days before the workshop. In the event that a Workshop needs to be cancelled, we will contact you at this time. For more information call or email us.

Note: For customers unable to take projects with them, shipping charges apply.


A well-fitted drawer is one of the defining features of a well-crafted piece of furniture. Many articles, tutorials, and books have been written to address the fitting of drawers, but most have focused on the best case scenario, ignoring a common situation: fitting a slightly imperfect drawer into a slightly imperfect opening.

In this workshop, master craftsman and educator Phil Lowe will demonstrate how to construct a classic dovetailed drawer. Over the course of the weekend students will cover the techniques of proper drawer-making, including how to fine-tune the piece after assembly to ensure a high-quality fit.

About the Instructor

Philip Lowe is a professional woodworker, teacher, and author from Beverly, Massachusetts. He taught at the North Bennet Street School in Boston for ten years and acted as head of their furniture-making department from 1980-1985.

Phil owns and operates a furniture making and restoration shop as well as a school, the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts. He is also a long-time contributing editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine.

Required Tools

Below are some of the tools we'll learn about in the class. We encourage you to bring your own tools or buy the required tools when you get here, as there are not enough classroom tools to outfit everyone.

Please do not bring tools in need of repair or major fettling – there will not be time to fully tune them for use during the workshop.

Please keep in mind, the best way to guarantee available tools for the class is to call ahead with an order. Some items on this list may be specific to another toolmaker. Please call us with any questions.

Note: The list below references tools Lie-Nielsen carries, though you are welcome to bring tools from other makers.

Optional Sharpening Supplies