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Category: Projects

Glittering brass shards on the shop floor.

Posted on June 3rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects. 3 comments

I’ve moved onto starting the dog hole strip for my split-top Roubo bench. I built out a nice router template and gave it a shot on a test strip. Well, I had two things working against me, a slightly wobbly plunge-router base and I took a little too much off in one pass and this is what happened. Now I’m out a guide bushing and a $40 spiral up-cut bit. I still can see a few glittering pieces of the brass guide bushing on the shop floor.

In retrospect, I should have started out with a much more conservative series of … Read More »

Bench Building: The Epic Journey of Acer saccharum

Posted on June 2nd, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects. No Comments

Like many woodworkers over the last year, I am participating in what is probably one of the largest, most concentrated workbench building efforts in modern history. Chris Schwarz, Popular Woodworking, Jameel Abraham at Benchcrafted, and Marc Spagnuolo, among others, have been the catalyst for this frenzy. To that end, I have to imagine that there has been an increased demand on 8/4 maple and massive douglass fir beams.

My friend Jeff Miller is no stranger to building workbenches. In fact, he’s designed a mini-workbench that goes on top of your existing workbench. This “Benchtop Bench” is a bit of a functional … Read More »

Wood Lamination Glue-Up Strategies

Posted on May 12th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

For several reasons, laminations are almost a completely different type of glue-up when you compare them with all of the other joinery glue-up scenarios. First, the total surface coverage is significantly greater than a mortise and tenon, panel glue-up and even a case of dovetails. Covering a larger area with glue takes more time to apply evenly. With this additional time, you begin to eat into your open working time – or the time you have before things start to dry. Second, the greater volume of glue coverage tends to slip and slide around during clamp-up, making proper alignment tricky. … Read More »