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A Tool Chest to Last Generations

Posted on November 23rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools. 1 Comment

After reading The Anarchist’s Toolchest by Chris Schwarz, I made a decision to take on a similar project to safely store my tool investment so that my children’s children may someday use the same tools I use today. While the larger tool chest was tempting, it was a little over the top in it’s size. I’ve decided to build the smaller “Traveling Anarchist Tool Chest” instead. A more manageable, yet fully functional storage box. At this point, I’ve been able to make the most out of a great stack of walnut boards, and have rough milled all of the parts … Read More »

Chair Assembly Challenge

Posted on November 9th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. 1 Comment

I’ve been working on a set of two sapele lounge chairs for the last couple of months. They are from a design from Thomas Moser, but are clearly influenced by Asian-style joinery aesthetics. While the fabrication of the parts and layout of 186 mortise and tenons was time consuming, it wasn’t too difficult. This tedium was ultimately broken by the hair-pulling glue-up and assembly of the first of two chairs this past weekend.

I had pre-assembled the front and back elements, including the four posts while at the Woodworking in America Conference last month. That glue up was farly easy to execute … Read More »

Trial by Fire

Posted on November 8th, by Andy Brownell in Installation, Projects. No Comments

Although my fireplace upgrade project has been completed for a couple of months, I wasn’t able to give it a try until recently. With  Halloween eve dropping down to the 30’s, I couldn’t wait any longer. The new Lennox insert and rebuilt flue pipe worked perfectly. Ironically, the first log I burned was a walnut log, the same materials as the mantle piece as well. I’m looking forward to many warm nights by the fire with the family for years to come.