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The Equipment of Midwest Woodworking

Posted on July 29th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, marketing & promotion, Tools. No Comments

I’ve posted nearly 50 photos and descriptions of the equipment for sale at Midwest Woodworking. The large majority of this stuff is, well, large. And much of it is wired for 3-phase. Lots of industrial sized german equipment that is in some cases 10% of the cost of some new equipment. There are about a dozen shop carts available (the ones architects use for loft decor), as well as clamps galore and small electronic tools.

You can take a look at what you’ll find here on Pinterest:

Midwest Woodworking Equipment for Sale

If you are interested in purchasing anything, contact Frank David at … Read More »


Get Woodworking Week: Filling Knot Holes

Posted on February 8th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue. No Comments

This is a post I originally made back in 2009 following Woodworking in America. Here’s an easy way to fix some mistakes (for beginners or advanced woodworkers) with Gorilla’s 2-Part Epoxy. I’ve also got a video posted here on Tube in case you don’t feel like reading.

The wood that I obtained from a local source was decent, but certainly not top grade material. It had some knots on otherwise clear boards, and it just didn’t seem right to trash a huge piece on account of a few minor imperfections. The inside of the bookcase only had one spot the size … Read More »


Jeff Miller’s Chair Design Class in Berea, KY

Posted on July 23rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Design, Gorilla Glue. No Comments

I took an afternoon off last Friday to go visit my friend Jeff Miller down in Berea, KY. Jeff had spend the last 8 days teaching two different classes at Kelly Mehler’s ¬†School of Woodworking in Berea, KY. His first was a weekend class on mortise and tenon joinery by hand, which included an ingenious (and controversial for some) little jig for cutting tenons with a handsaw that rivals the best multi-router or dado blade set-up.

This is one of several jigs, attachments and contraptions Jeff has devised over the years through his experience in making chairs, and the often complex … Read More »