Putting the "log" back in Blog

It All Starts on a Loading Dolly

Posted on August 15th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects. No Comments

A familiar sight for most woodworkers, any large project starts on a loading dolly. In this case some 500 linear ft. of 8″ wide x 1/2″ thick poplar ready for pick-up at Midwest Woodworking.

This stack is destined to become 100 small boxes. For what you ask? I’m not going to spill the beans, yet.

Either way, I’m gonna need a bigger car.


Long ago, in a German bog a mighty oak fell.

Posted on August 11th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Wood. 5 comments

Somebody then found it and had it cut into veneer, who knows when. The colors range from a medium tobacco brown through nearly charcoal black. Medullary rays appear throughout the veneer stack and have an almost olive tint to them in the light.

I came across a number of stacks of this veneer tucked away in a back corner of Midwest Woodworking here in Cincinnati. This is a 6″ wide strip with some pretty exceptional figure and color. The outer part of the tree was exposed to the slow staining decay of the bog which gave it the dark color. This … Read More »


A Tale of Three Wood Species from Knysna, South Africa

Posted on August 5th, by Andy Brownell in Projects, Wood. No Comments

My wife’s Uncle lives in town, but like many of the relatives on my wife’s side of the family, he is originally from Capetown, South Africa. Along with his family, he brought his woodworking equipment (still wired for 220 volts), and a small cache of lumber indigenous to South Africa. The majority of it he purchased over 30 years ago from a small town 4 hours East of Capetown called Knysna. The original shipping label is picture above as it appeared on one of several piles.

I’ve written about Knysna in a previous post (I was fortunate enough to … Read More »


Structural Flaws of a Frank Lloyd Wright Dining Chair

Posted on August 3rd, by Andy Brownell in Design. No Comments

I don’t have any furniture projects going on right now, but that didn’t prevent me from stopping in to Midwest Woodworking at lunch today. Frank David called me up last week and let me know that a chair that they had repaired a few decades ago had made it’s way back in for another repair. He told me it was a custom designed original Frank Lloyd Wright dining chair that was designed specifically for the original home owner’s interior decor.

I’m not too familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright designs, but it has some of the characteristics of the rectangular angles and … Read More »


Jeff Miller’s Chair Design Class in Berea, KY

Posted on July 23rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Design, Gorilla Glue. No Comments

I took an afternoon off last Friday to go visit my friend Jeff Miller down in Berea, KY. Jeff had spend the last 8 days teaching two different classes at Kelly Mehler’s  School of Woodworking in Berea, KY. His first was a weekend class on mortise and tenon joinery by hand, which included an ingenious (and controversial for some) little jig for cutting tenons with a handsaw that rivals the best multi-router or dado blade set-up.

This is one of several jigs, attachments and contraptions Jeff has devised over the years through his experience in making chairs, and the often complex … Read More »


Time to Stretch my Jute!

Posted on July 18th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. 1 Comment

I’ve been sitting on a set of lounge chair projects for going on 4 months now that are going unused in my study. They may look familiar to some, as they are copies of the Thos. Moser Winward Lounge Chair. I’ve built mine from some sweet sapele, versus the cherry/walnut Moser offers. They are pretty much done, with exception to the upholstery. I don’t have the equipment to take the task of cushions, but I did want to assemble something decent for the cushion supports. I could go with simply supporting a piece of baltic birch plywood, but the effort … Read More »


#GorillaGlue Prize Pack Winners from July 11 #WoodChat

Posted on July 16th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, marketing & promotion. No Comments

Last week’s #WoodChat was a blast. Thanks to everyone for the discussion around all things Gorilla Glue and adhesives. A special shout-out to the co-hosts Matt Gradwohl (Upper Cut Woodworks) and Chris Wong (Flair Woodworks) for pulling everyone together and running such an awesome forum. I have to admit, a few of the questions even had me stumped, but the experts back at the office are working on responding to those this week.  Nonetheless, here is a rundown of the three winners:

Best Tough Story:

This one didn’t get any submissions (sad trombone) but I’m sure everyone has at least one Tough … Read More »


July 11th #WoodChat Gorilla Glue Prize Packs

Posted on July 11th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, video. 16 comments

So to keep things interesting and engaging as possible, my friends at Gorilla Glue have kindly offered up for grabs three (3) prize packs for folks participating in tonight’s WoodChat around all things glue. The kit includes the following 100% Tough products:

1- 18 oz. bottle of Gorilla Wood Glue (PVA)
1 roll of Gorilla Tape
1 package of Gorilla Epoxy
1 bottle Gorilla Super Glue
1 bottle of Gorilla Glue (polyurethane)
1- 100% Tough Made in USA Gorilla t-shirt

Here’s all you have to do for a chance to win:

Submit an idea (by leaving a comment to this post below) from tonight’s WoodChat that covers one … Read More »


A shout-out to Mr. Roubo, Moxon and Abraham: Finished Workbench

Posted on July 9th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Projects. 2 comments

Every so often, I get to build something that truly transforms my perspective as a woodworker. My latest project, the Benchcrafted split-top Roubo work bench was one of those projects.

Not that the project was technically difficult, although I was faced with a few challenges, including not reading a clearly called out warning on page one of the template instructions to check the scale of your printer. This project started with humble beginnings as a fallen maple tree, then took 2 1/2 years to dry, and another 3 months to complete. It cost me close to $2,000 between materials, clamps, hardware, and … Read More »


When 1″ Doesn’t Equal Exactly 1″

Posted on June 30th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. 1 Comment

After a very helpful Google+ WoodChat on Wednesday, I was able to figure out why my Benchcrafted tail vise holes were off by so much, close to 1/4″ overall along the 4″ thick top.

Apparently Adobe .PDF files will scale to fit a page, based on a printers pre-set printable area. In my case, my printer at work scaled things down slightly, around 1/32″ for every 1″.

This caused some serious rework on the end cap and guide rails. It’s not perfect, but it is really starting to look like a workbench!

Moral of the story: If you are using .PDF file templates, … Read More »