Putting the "log" back in Blog

More Details Here I'll be at the Cincinnati Mini Maker's Faire with The Gorilla Glue Company at The Cincinnati Museum Center on 9/13-14 from 11am-6pm. Stop by to see project demos and give-aways, and support your local makers!


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. 1 Comment

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. 11 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 »


Five months of mostly small craft projects.

Posted on July 28th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. 2 comments

Five months is far too long to take between blog posts. I’m guilty of not doing the very things I tell my clients if they want to make the most of their web sites—create good content, frequently. In that time, I’ve been busy making a series of small-batch craft projects (many have been posted on my Pinterest page and updated through my Instagram account.) This has been quite a commitment of my time for the last 5 months, but not without it’s benefits.

Small-batch projects allow you to experiment with new materials, techniques or profit-centers. They also put you in a bit … Read More »


An Improvised Approach to Furniture Design

Posted on February 14th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Gorilla Glue, Projects. 2 comments

I’ve spent the last couple of months on a combination of small crafts and some commission work, along with refining a design for a desk project I’ve taken on for my daughter’s room. Parts of the desk will be made from solid 8/4 bubinga slabs I got from Frank David at Midwest Woodworking before they shut their doors. It’s price, and special gift at dulling tool blades is making me take an extra long time on design refinement before I start to make cuts. This design refinement is the subject of my improvised approach to furniture design. This approach is … Read More »


Project Gallery: Teak Conversation Bench

Posted on December 28th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. 1 Comment

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Furniture Design Inspiration Part 2: A Visit with Jeff Miller

Posted on December 27th, by Andy Brownell in Design. 3 comments

While in Chicago I stopped by J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture on Monday and spent the morning watching him wrap up another one of his bent lamination walnut rocking chairs. He showed one of these at WIA 2012 during his lecture on chair design.

It was down to waxing and flossing (clearing the tough to reach cracks), as well as attaching the carved seat. Jeff uses wax that is custom tinted to better match the walnut when it dries, so rather than the white flecks common with some, this dries a color that compliments the chair. When seated at this chair, you melt into … Read More »


Furniture Design Inspiration Part 1: Art Institute of Chicago

Posted on December 26th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Projects. No Comments

I’ve been in toasty-warm Chicago since Saturday, visiting family and alternating between lethargic periods of movie-lounging, and grazing on some tasty food and drink. Sloth and gluttony however, weren’t the only deadly sins checked-off the list. You see, I took a few diversions in-between to add envy and lust to the list, at least when it comes to looking for inspiration on my next project. On Sunday I visited the Chicago Art Institute with my sister, and had an eye on their American Decorative Arts exhibit.

The first exhibit I spent some quality time in was the American decorative arts section of … Read More »