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Category: Projects

Installation of 100+ Year Old Hardware

Posted on February 3rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools. 4 comments

My chest lift hardware arrived earlier this week from Robinson’s Antique hardware thanks to Chris Schwarz for the recommendation. Although my poll from a previous post solicited input on brass over cast iron handles, Robinson’s had only one brass handle remaining. Cast iron it is.

The cast iron handles and screws arrived looking like they had a good century of ware on them including some type of black enamel finish, well worn and rust free. The owner indicated the handles were probably from around the turn of the century. They actually looked very similar to a set that was on a … Read More »

One Good Deed Deserves Another

Posted on January 25th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Projects. 3 comments

It was great to see a post go up yesterday by Chris Schwarz on Popular Woodworking about our visit to Midwest Woodworking. It was great to see a gem like them getting some publicity. Chris’ commentary on the available wood did a great job on what is available, but honestly setting up a time to go visit like he suggests is really the way to go.

Piles of lumber go only so far to sell what’s in his 30,000+ sq/ft warehouse. So I figured I’d compliment Chris’ post with a few shots of some of my completed pieces that have used … Read More »

Playing Favorites

Posted on January 18th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools. 4 comments

I recently wrapped up all of the inner workings of my traveling anarchist tool chest including the tills, and a custom chisel holder that attaches to the inside of the chest wall securely, as well as on my tool wall. Like most woodworkers who would be in my position at this point in the project, I decided to give everything a trial run. I places all of my critical tools into the chest to see how things fit, and what might be improved.

My first reaction was damn, this is really heavy (probably 100+ lbs.), but that’s what you … Read More »