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Dining Table and Benches in Niangon

Posted on March 28th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects. 1 Comment

DESIGN INSPIRATION
I drew inspiration on my latest project from my recent experience visiting South Africa to build something for my in-laws (originally from Cape Town, SA). I wanted to design a table and set of benches that reflected the cultural experience of the visit, as well as their own personal style and needs for utility and durability.

To start, I put Google to the test for some images showing unique slab-style pieces built by other people. I came across a few that were interesting enough to pull together as a potential solution for the commission. The two examples are below:

I also … Read More »


Purple Heart Nightstand

Posted on January 16th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. No Comments

Allright, its official: My 8 year old daughter now has better bedroom furniture than her parents. This nightstand measures 26” tall x 22” wide x 18” deep. This is an upgrade for my daughter’s previous nightstand, which was a simple shaker round stand. This is the third and final piece for her room which includes her bed and abookcase.

I made the base and drawer case from some left-over ribbon sapele and purple heart from my previous table projects. The legs are a curved taper on two of the outer edges starting at 1 5/8” and widening to 2” at the bottom. The … Read More »

Consecration Torah Boxes

Posted on September 29th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Kids Woodworking Projects, Projects. No Comments

This is the second of two Torah boxes I made for each of my kids for their Consecration ceremony, marking the beginning of their study of the Torah (old testament).

This one for my son is made from re-sawn figured makore with book-matched walnut pieces with hand-carved Hebrew letters on the front.