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Category: Projects

Floor Lamp Project and Some Design Inspiration Tools

Posted on March 6th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Projects. 2 comments

I tend to shy away from drawing designs out on paper and continue to postpone learning Google SketchUp. Right or wrong, I’m far better at developing designs slowly and iteratively during the fabrication phase. I do much better in three dimensions. While miniature prototyping has been something I’ve done in the past for original design projects, my latest project, a multi-function floor lamp has taken a slightly different route.

Social media tools like Pinterest (for image search, discovery and inspiration) and Canva (for design curation and layout) have helped me fill in gaps in skills like drawing. I’ve got a fairly … Read More »


How to Build a Stacked Lamination Sculpted Bench

Posted on February 4th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Projects, Tools. No Comments

I recently finished up a how-to video on building this stacked lamination bench. I used my sponsor Arbortech Tool’s TURBOplane for the vast majority of the sculpting process. The tool attached easily to my Rigid angle grinder, with this being the fourth project I’ve made using this particular power carving attachment.

Editors note: This is also my first real attempt at filming a woodworking video on my own with my Nikon D5200. I also taught myself how to use Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing. I had no external lighting or microphone, so be kind. 🙂


Learning to Power Carve with Arbortech Tools

Posted on December 9th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Projects, Tools. 3 comments

The following post is sponsored by Australia-based Arbortech, makers of power carving, sanding and cutting tools. The opinions and projects featured within this post are my own. So my opinion is that despite the general mess left behind with power carving any wood, these tools deliver on performance, quality, and learning curve—not to mention they open up a whole new world of sculpted furniture design. Read on if you are interested in discovering why.

It’s been almost a year since I began my sponsorship with Arbortech. In that year, I’ve learned a great deal about power carving as well as how to integrate … Read More »