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When you cut a mortise on the wrong side…

Posted on March 19th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

Typically this can be a pretty glaring error no matter how well  you can patch or hide the mistake. This is exactly what happened to me this weekend while I was marking out the mortise for my split-top Roubo leg glide vise. The glide rail is mortised from behind and then secured with some pegs from one side. The front of it remains exposed on the front of the bench for all to see. Unfortunately, that’s the side that received the first several plunges of my bench-top mortiser. D’oh!

My stomach sank. I only have so much of the Niangon wood … Read More »

Kid In A Dusty Candy Shop: The Next Best Thing to WIA 2012

Posted on March 16th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, marketing & promotion, Publications, Tools. No Comments

What’s going to be the next best thing to attending WIA this year? It’s the Lie-Nielsen Tool Event on April 20-21st at Jeff Miller’s shop in Chicago! This event is going to have a great group of professionals and manufacturers all loaded into Jeff’s shop (recently featured in PWW in an article by Chris Schwarz).

Why am I making the 330 mile road trip from Cincinnati?

Because it encapsulates all things woodworking  I’ve been spending my time on over the last year:

Reading “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Chris Schwarz.
Building a traveling version of the tool chest in walnut.
Continue to fill my … Read More »

Lounge Chair Seat Cushion Support Ideas?

Posted on February 14th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects. 2 comments

Back in October at Woodworking in America, I was knee-deep in assembly and glue-up of a pair of lounge chairs. These each have about 78 mortise and tenon joints. And thanks to my Powermatic PM701 bench top mortiser, the work went much faster and more accurate than I had even hoped. Money well spent.

I take no credit on the design of these, only the fabrication from a rough PDF of this chair design (Winward Lounge Chairs) by Thos. Moser. I love his stuff, but could never afford it.

They are all finished and waxed up, and only require the … Read More »