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Five months of mostly small craft projects.


Posted on July 28th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. 2 comments

Brownell Furniture Crafts and Home Decor Projects

Brownell Furniture Small Crafts and Home Decor Projects

Five months is far too long to take between blog posts. I’m guilty of not doing the very things I tell my clients if they want to make the most of their web sites—create good content, frequently. In that time, I’ve been busy making a series of small-batch craft projects (many have been posted on my Pinterest page and updated through my Instagram account.) This has been quite a commitment of my time for the last 5 months, but not without it’s benefits.

Small-batch projects allow you to experiment with new materials, techniques or profit-centers. They also put you in a bit more of a production mindset, rather than heavy emphasis on challenging design and execution. And lastly, they allow you to make some of the things you fill your own home with, beyond the big pieces of furniture. These are inspired by looking on Etsy and Pinterest and saying to yourself as a furniture maker: “I can easily make something that for a lot less money.”

Here’s a quick run-down of some of the things I’ve occupied my time with since February. Several projects (including a “modern decor collection”) were done as a paid contractor and featured on Rust-Oleum’s web site project inspiration section.

  • A teak bathroom floor mat that used some left over burmese teak, some screws and Rust-Oleum’s Watco teak oil.
  • Beer Growler Crates, made from wood and leather, nails and glue. A very popular customer favorite, and besides, everyone likes beer.
  • A modern, Reclaimed Pine Bathroom Mirror, leveraging a modern decor, white paint and wood theme from my recent project collection.
  • Tea Light Candle Cubes: another wood and white paint themed piece of functional decor.
  • An Outdoor Teak/Citronella Candle Lantern: made from scraps of Burmese teak, woven to form the screens and a few Rust-Oleum products including Never Wet.
  • A Kitchen Tool Caddy: part of the modern decor collection using bamboo skewers to hold knifes.
  •  A massive and simple Bubinga slab bookshelf that incorporates some steel pipe into a cantilevered design.
  • Desk Caddys: comprised of just random off-cuts and chunks of wood, drilled with a variety of holes. Mine was designed hold an iPhone for easy viewing.
  • Some bottle openers made with scraps, a magnet and bent nail.
  • Wall Clock: made from curly cherry and cut stone, and a perfect excuse to use Gorilla’s super glue.

Ten projects in all and there’s more on the way. Rather than working at the Woodworking in America Conference this year for Gorilla Glue, I’ll be representing their company at their booth in the Mini Maker’s Faire here in Cincinnati the same weekend, September 13-14. I’ll be conducting a bunch of small craft demonstrations that

bubinga desk joineryAnd if that weren’t enough, I’m closing in on completing the Bubinga desk project I started some 6 months ago. More to come on that.

P.S. For anyone that notices these things, I’ve updated my site with a new logo—I’m going big time. It incorporates the Brownell Family coat-of-arms, originally issued in the mid-17th Century in England.





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