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Category: Wood

Furniture from Boschendal Estate, South Africa

Posted on January 13th, by Andy Brownell in Wood. 1 Comment

I was recently in South Africa on vacation and visited the Boschendal Estate Vineyard. It’s really old, like founded in 1685 old. It’s located about 60 km from Cape Town in the famed Stellenbosch wine country, home to hundreds of wineries.

It was a short stop that included an awesome meal, great wine and a quick visit to the refurbished Cape Dutch manor house. In the main building was a collection of furniture that covered a range of styles. Much of it was built with the traditional South African woods like Yellow Wood, Stink Wood and Iron Wood, among others. I … Read More »

Five Lessons from Large Case Construction

Posted on September 6th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools, Wood. 3 comments


My latest completed project, a cherry dining room sideboard, is one of only a few case pieces I’ve ever built. This relative giant is actually the first of two pieces on a commissioned project for a couple here in town (the second being a corner cabinet). It measures¬†72″L x 36″H x 18″D, it has three drawers, two sets of doors and uses frame and panel construction throughout. I also decided to skip the use of cherry plywood, and instead used re-sawn solid panels throughout the construction.

Taking on a project like this has taught me a great deal, so here are … Read More »

Midwest Woodworking Sale 8/23, 25% off Lumber, 40% off Veneer

Posted on August 7th, by Andy Brownell in Wood. 13 comments

Approximately one year ago, I helped arrange what I thought would be the last lumber sale open to the public at Midwest Woodworking in Cincinnati, OH. Since Frank David’s passing (the owner of Midwest Woodworking), they’ve occasionally opened their doors to move their vast inventory of both domestic and exotic hardwoods that had been amassed over nearly 60 years.

Anyone who follows my blog, or Chris Schwarz blog, or has taken any of his classes locally, can attest to what can be found there. While many of the widest boards of Honduran Mahogany have been picked over, there are still … Read More »