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Category: Projects

Power Carved 1970’s-Era Abstract Sculpture

Posted on December 5th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Projects. No Comments

The following post is sponsored by Australia-based Arbortech, makers of power carving, sanding and cutting tools. This is the first of a two-part series on power carving a 1970’s-era abstract sculpture. The opinions and projects featured within this post are my own.

The 1970’s Are Back!

Like most eras in history, the decade of my birth had some pretty horrendous interior decor including heavy shag, artificial wood panels, and clashing tropical patterns to name a few. There were however, some stylish carryovers from the midcentury design movement that had elements worth mentioning. This included the use of darker woods, contrasting curves and sharp angles, and the … Read More »


Stacked Lamination Coffee Table Pt. 3

Posted on November 30th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Projects, Tools. 1 Comment

The following post is sponsored by Australia-based Arbortech, makers of power carving, sanding and cutting tools. This is the second in a series of posts on building, carving and finishing a stacked lamination coffee table project. 

With this project finally complete, I wanted to share some final shots and thoughts on how this sponsored project has impacted my woodworking experience.

Almost two years ago today, I was inspired by a visit to the Chicago Art Institute’s furniture collection. Wendell Castle’s work was featured among others in an American Studio Furniture exhibit. Castle’s work spans several decades and encompasses a variety of materials including metal, … Read More »


Stacked Lamination Coffee Table Pt. 2

Posted on November 28th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. No Comments

The following post is sponsored by Australia-based Arbortech, makers of power carving, sanding and cutting tools. This is the second in a series of posts on building, carving and finishing a stacked lamination coffee table project. 

In my previous post, I discussed some of the techniques used in the assembly and shaping the base of this stacked lamination coffee table with Arbortech’s TURBO and MiniTURBO planes. The weather this fall has been nice enough to allow the vast majority of the work to be done outdoors. This is advantageous for two reasons: the first being that working outdoors is far more enjoyable than … Read More »