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The Future of Woodworking: Found At The Crossroad of Artisanship and Technology

Posted on April 24th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Tools. 1 Comment

 Plugged and Unplugged Woodworking

A good friend, prolific publisher and furniture maker Jeff Miller recently hosted a Lie-Nielsen hand tool event in Chicago with a number of top tool manufacturers. For furniture makers and tool aficionados, these events are worth traveling great distances (in my case, 330 miles). This is for several reasons. First, you can try before you buy – a huge benefit before you take the plunge in spending 100’s of dollars on some wood and metal. Second, and more importantly, you can speak with fellow woodworkers in a friendly, social environment – sharing a common passion. I always … Read More »

The Next Source of Vise Envy: Carver’s Vise by Benchcrafted

Posted on April 18th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Tools. No Comments

I’ve had Benchcrafted hardware on my mind lately. I’m at the point where I need the hardware to finish up my split-top Roubo bench – a project 3+ years in the making. I’m a huge fan of the work Benchcrafted produces. Their vise hardware is for the serious woodworker, and Jameel’s latest project, the carver’s vise, is a modern take on a classic that was popular in France pre-WWII.

Jameel has been sharing some details on the vise on his blog here, it’s origins (including some cool links to vintage videos of the vise in use in the 1930’s) and it … Read More »

Stuck on you? Removing Gorilla Glue from your skin – how to video.

Posted on April 10th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Kids Woodworking Projects, video. No Comments

If you get lazy like I do from time to time, I don’t always follow the recommended instructions for Gorilla Glue to use gloves when using the Polyurethane glue.

If you do happen to get some on your hands, here is a quick video on some removal techniques. Bonus tip: use coffee grounds and soap mixture if you don’t have a pumice based hand cleaner.