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Category: Wood

OPERATION: “Morning Wood”

Posted on May 8th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, marketing & promotion, Wood. No Comments

Last Friday morning, close to two dozen woodworkers and wood enthusiasts descended upon a local wood source here in Cincinnati – Midwest Woodworking. The unassuming building from the outside houses some of the most impressive displays of wood hoarding and industrial equipment in the TriState region. Anyone present who had never visited Midwest WW had a glaze over their eyes in amazement. Here’s a Pinboard I’ve compiledĀ of some of the sights from Midwest WW. The majority of pieces I’ve built in the last 4 years come from wood purchased there as well.

Chris Schwarz and I have written extensively about this … Read More »


TV Console in Walnut and Bog Oak

Posted on May 7th, by Andy Brownell in Projects, Wood. No Comments

I recently wrapped up my latest project. It’s a TV console made from walnut and some sweet 5,000+ year old German Bog Oak veneer I got from Midwest Woodworking here in Cincinnati.

It sits 26″ tall and is 42″ wide x 20″ deep. The dovetailed case is nothing more than a larger version of my Traveling Anarchist’s Tool Chest flipped on it’s side. I laminated two pieces of 6/4 walnut together for each of the hand shaped legs. I went with a more organic feel to the legs to balance out the boxiness of the case. The sliding door panels each … Read More »


German Bog Oak from the Mesolithic Era

Posted on March 20th, by Andy Brownell in Projects, Wood. No Comments

I love wood, so anything 5,000 – 10,000 years old is bound to be pretty interesting. Woodworkers have a variety of options for materials to chose from that fall under the “ancient” variety. Whether you are using 1,000 year old-growth wood dug up from the bottom of a lake, or 50,000 year old giant Kauri logs from New Zealand bogs, they all tend to have some pretty interesting characteristics. Combine the anaerobic environment of a bog that halts the decomposition of organic matter, with a tree whose structure essentially sucks up the surrounding minerals (extractives), and you’re going to find … Read More »