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Woodworking in America 2011

Posted on October 4th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects, Tools. No Comments

WIA 2011 was a great event this year. Thanks again for all of the support and opportunity from my friends at Gorilla Glue! The trade in for tough program really went over well this year with at least 250 bottles of old or competitive product for a new bottle of the Gorilla Glue PVA Wood Glue.

This year’s focus was on promoting a cabinet joinery challenge. The goal was to get people to follow some basic dimensions and challenge oneself on a variety of different types of joinery. I featured my curly cherry medicine cabinet, and a set of two office … Read More »

Walnut Fireplace Installation

Posted on September 7th, by Andy Brownell in Installation, Projects. 1 Comment

My wife and I recently decided to replace our c. 1983 style, home developer special, P.O.S. fireplace/mantle/hearth. I worked with a designer here in Cincinnati, Space Expressions, Inc. to come up with a design that complimented the overall style of our home’s interior design and furnitue.

Design Details

We had a new wood-burning fireplace insert put in by contractors.

The 16” square walnut panels are made from 1/16” bookmatched veneer on 1.25” thick MDF. The grain direction alternates vertical/horizontal to mimic logs and flames of a fireplace. They are mounted with plenty of industrial adhesive to keep them in place.

The solid walnut slab … Read More »

Curly Cherry Cabinet

Posted on August 25th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. 2 comments

This is a medicine cabinet that I have built for the Woodworking in America show here in Cincinnati. It was a gift for my wife’s 40th birthday. This piece was a nice challenge for me including some pretty thin half-blind dovetails on the drawers, carcass construction and some tricky door hinges.

Clearly influenced by Shaker design, I opted to build this around the grain patterns on the amazing curly cherry. The tops of the drawers and the door panels follow a flowing horizontal layout, including some sapwood at the tops of the drawers and the inside bottom of the case. The flow … Read More »