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Category: Around the shop

Lessons From An Unemployed Woodworker

Posted on February 26th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop. No Comments

Today is officially my last day of being unemployed. I start a new position on Monday, as the VP of Brand Studio for Scripp’s Newsy division. It’s an exciting opportunity to do something new and different, outside of the agency world that I’ve been in for the last 19 years.

My unemployment has been relatively short (just 2 months), and I feel extremely fortunate to be going back to work so soon. I can only imagine how difficult it can be for people who spend a year or more looking for work. That being said, I’ve spent a good deal of … Read More »

Five Lessons from Large Case Construction

Posted on September 6th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools, Wood. 3 comments


My latest completed project, a cherry dining room sideboard, is one of only a few case pieces I’ve ever built. This relative giant is actually the first of two pieces on a commissioned project for a couple here in town (the second being a corner cabinet). It measures¬†72″L x 36″H x 18″D, it has three drawers, two sets of doors and uses frame and panel construction throughout. I also decided to skip the use of cherry plywood, and instead used re-sawn solid panels throughout the construction.

Taking on a project like this has taught me a great deal, so here are … Read More »

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.