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BOOK REVIEW: Jeff Miller’s Foundations of Better Woodworking

Posted on October 1st, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Publications. 3 comments

Just about everyone has a favorite teacher, coach or mentor. At one point or another in our lives, we’ve had the opportunity to be offered instruction and guidance that really stands out. Factors like personality, charisma, passion for the topic or an innate ability to articulately convey information all help make a great instructor. Jeff Miller has fulfilled that position in my life for the last 16 years.

In his latest book, Foundations of Better Woodworking, Jeff offers some insight into why this is the case. Jeff takes a holistic look at “How to use your body, tools and materials to … Read More »


The Benefits of Monotonous Production Woodworking

Posted on September 25th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Projects, Publications. 1 Comment

I’ve been going through the process of building 70 boxes that are a part of a larger, high-end invitation project. They are 14″ x 7″ x 3″ each, made from 1/2″ poplar. These are a far cry from “fine furniture” but still need to be built in a way that holds together and looks decent. Making 70 of anything can be both daunting and extremely boring.

Despite the monotony associated with production woodworking there are some positive aspects that can come out of an exercise like this beyond getting paid. My brother, who is also a woodworker, reminded me of this based … Read More »


Foundations of Better Woodworking by: Jeff Miller

Posted on August 29th, by Andy Brownell in Publications. No Comments

I was just given an opportunity to read an advance copy of Jeff Miller’s newest book Foundations of Better Woodworking, How to use your body, tools and materials to do your best work. Of course I jumped on the chance to be one of the first folks to read it. Why? Jeff is a good friend of mine. And he’s taught me much of what I know today about woodworking, going back to February of 1996.

The table making class I took with Jeff that cold Chicago winter was what you’d expect, a class that gave you a finish-ready table at the conclusion. … Read More »