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More Details Here Come see me along with the area's top designers, architects and furniture makers at the DesignBuild Cincy show November 1-2, 2014, 10am-5pm at Music Hall's grand ballroom.


Select Furniture Projects Gallery

Posted on October 24th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Projects. No Comments

In advance of the November 1-2 DesignBuild Cincy show, I’ve compiled a slideshow of some of the custom pieces of furniture I’ve built over the years. Enjoy.

 

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Brownell Furniture Promotional Video

Posted on September 30th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, marketing & promotion, video. No Comments

A short video the gives a bit of history of how I got to where I am today, and what building furniture means to me. I also offer some insights into the process behind custom furniture design and fabrication at Brownell Furniture.


5 Reasons To Attend The Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire

Posted on September 9th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, marketing & promotion, Projects. No Comments

In just a few days, I’ll be one of over 70 local makers and crafters attending the second annual Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire. One of the sponsors of this event, The Gorilla Glue Company, will have a large booth with demos, give-aways and products that are designed to help us all be better makers, fixers, etc.

I’ll be conducting demonstrations on how to make four projects, all with a decidedly beer-pub theme:

Beer Growler Crates
Beer Bottle Openers
Beer Connoisseur’s Serving Tray
Rosewood Handled Knife

Each will feature the use of one or several Gorilla Glue adhesives, and I’ll be giving away a few to some … Read More »


Beer Connoisseur’s Serving Tray

Posted on September 5th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, marketing & promotion, Projects. 1 Comment

This post is a part of a series of projects I’ve been contracted to develop for The Gorilla Glue Company that will be featured at the Cincinnati Mini-Maker’s Faire, September 13-14, 2014. Click here for more information on the event.

Anyone who walks around a party with food and drink in your hand can understand how awkward it is to free up a hand to greet someone. This project is designed to help solve that problem—at least for those who are drinking beer from a bottle. Part painter’s palette, part serving tray, this wood serving tray offers a functional and elegant solution to giving your beer … Read More »


Build a Wood and Leather Growler Crate

Posted on September 3rd, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, marketing & promotion, Projects. No Comments

This post is a part of a series of projects I’ve been contracted to develop for The Gorilla Glue Company that will be featured at the Cincinnati Mini-Maker’s Faire, September 13-14, 2014. Click here for more information on the event.

Now is about the best possible time in my city’s history to drink beer if you live in Cincinnati. The city itself has a long and esteemed history of breweries, best experienced through a brewery tour. Today, now more than ever, we have a continually growing number of choices. From MadTree to Moerlein, Rhinegeist to Rivertown, just about every part of town has seen the growth … Read More »


Rosewood Handle Japanese Kitchen Knife

Posted on August 29th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, marketing & promotion, Projects. No Comments

This post is a part of a series of projects I’ve been contracted to develop for The Gorilla Glue Company that will be featured at the Cincinnati Mini-Maker’s Faire, September 13-14, 2014. Click here for more information on the event.

Like most woodworkers, I enjoy a very sharp cutting edge. That principle applies as much to my kitchen knifes as it does to my hand tools. I’ve always wanted to have a really decent set of knives, but could never justify the cost. Guys like Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn make some beautiful, highly-coveted pieces that can run well over $500, … Read More »


30 Minute Home Made Beer Bottle Opener

Posted on August 15th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, marketing & promotion, Projects. No Comments

This post is a part of a series of projects I’ve been contracted to develop for The Gorilla Glue Company that will be featured at the Cincinnati Mini-Maker’s Faire, September 13-14, 2014. Click here for more information on the event.

Anybody who likes beer and has even the most rudimentary hand tools can make a half dozen of these popular bespoke bottle openers in an afternoon. They make great house warming gifts to go along with the six pack you tote to any party. You can use just about any scrap wood material and a few additional materials (a bent nail … Read More »


The Bubinga Desk: Evolving a Furniture Design

Posted on August 8th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Gorilla Glue, Projects. 2 comments

Here are some of the final pictures of the project I took with my iPhone last night, so they aren’t the best. The desk measures 52″ wide x 30″ deep by 35″ tall (at the shelf). It’s made from three solid (and very, very dense) pieces of matching Bubinga that I purchased last year from Midwest Woodworking. Incidentally there is about 100 bd-ft remaining for sale. I included sapwood where I could to tie into the design including the cross rail, bent-lamination drawer front, drawer pull and drawer supports. Joinery is a mix of draw bore pegged mortise and tenons, … Read More »


Midwest Woodworking Sale 8/23, 25% off Lumber, 40% off Veneer

Posted on August 7th, by Andy Brownell in Wood. 13 comments

Approximately one year ago, I helped arrange what I thought would be the last lumber sale open to the public at Midwest Woodworking in Cincinnati, OH. Since Frank David’s passing (the owner of Midwest Woodworking), they’ve occasionally opened their doors to move their vast inventory of both domestic and exotic hardwoods that had been amassed over nearly 60 years.

Anyone who follows my blog, or Chris Schwarz blog, or has taken any of his classes locally, can attest to what can be found there. While many of the widest boards of Honduran Mahogany have been picked over, there are still … Read More »


5 Things Pinterest Can Teach a Woodworker

Posted on July 30th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Projects. 1 Comment

Occasionally, I’m able to merge my professional discipline (advertising & marketing) with my personal passion (woodworking). What seem to be two completely opposed disciplines on the surface, can actually serve as good learning tools, especially if you like tracking data. It allows me to explore, be curious and see what happens when some thought actually goes into the two disciplines. It also makes me better informed when developing content strategies for clients. Opportunities like this have been the most valuable professional learning experiences I’ve had in my 18 year career as an AdMan.

Brands Must Connect with Content Creators

Case in point: I … Read More »