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The Future of Woodworking: Found At The Crossroad of Artisanship and Technology

Posted on April 24th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Tools. 1 Comment

 Plugged and Unplugged Woodworking

A good friend, prolific publisher and furniture maker Jeff Miller recently hosted a Lie-Nielsen hand tool event in Chicago with a number of top tool manufacturers. For furniture makers and tool aficionados, these events are worth traveling great distances (in my case, 330 miles). This is for several reasons. First, you can try before you buy – a huge benefit before you take the plunge in spending 100’s of dollars on some wood and metal. Second, and more importantly, you can speak with fellow woodworkers in a friendly, social environment – sharing a common passion. I always … Read More »

The Next Source of Vise Envy: Carver’s Vise by Benchcrafted

Posted on April 18th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Tools. No Comments

I’ve had Benchcrafted hardware on my mind lately. I’m at the point where I need the hardware to finish up my split-top Roubo bench – a project 3+ years in the making. I’m a huge fan of the work Benchcrafted produces. Their vise hardware is for the serious woodworker, and Jameel’s latest project, the carver’s vise, is a modern take on a classic that was popular in France pre-WWII.

Jameel has been sharing some details on the vise on his blog here, it’s origins (including some cool links to vintage videos of the vise in use in the 1930’s) and it … Read More »

Stuck on you? Removing Gorilla Glue from your skin – how to video.

Posted on April 10th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Kids Woodworking Projects, video. No Comments

If you get lazy like I do from time to time, I don’t always follow the recommended instructions for Gorilla Glue to use gloves when using the Polyurethane glue.

If you do happen to get some on your hands, here is a quick video on some removal techniques. Bonus tip: use coffee grounds and soap mixture if you don’t have a pumice based hand cleaner.


Drawbore Pin Joinery on Split-Top Roubo (time-lapse video)

Posted on April 8th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects, video. No Comments

A quick video showing the glue-up and assembly of the long rails on my Split-Top Roubo bench using drawbore pin joinery.

Split-Top Roubo – DIY Dowel Plate for Drawbore Pins

Posted on April 7th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects. No Comments

I have been at a standstill in the assembly of my split-top Roubo base assembly. I wanted to use the drawbore pin method of assembling the mortise and tenon joinery, but didn’t have a dowel plate to make my own dowels from the secondary wood Niangon I have been using on my project. With a 30-45 day wait on the dowel plate from Lie-Nielsen, I couldn’t wait any longer. So I dug through my pile of scrap metal left over from a table and bench project I built a while back and found a 5″ piece of standard rolled steel … Read More »

Gorilla Glue: Use, Storage and Tips on Polyurethane and PVA products.

Posted on April 3rd, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, marketing & promotion, video. No Comments

Two of the most common comments I hear from fellow woodworkers about Gorilla Glue are that “it foams” and I didn’t know they make a PVA wood glue.

As far as foaming, yes, this is how polyurethane-based glues dry and cure. In many cases people use too much of it, or forget to read the instructions that calls for dampening one side of the surface to be glued to help activate the glue.

In terms of their Wood Glue (Type II- PVA), I’ve used this product for years and have been

pleased with it’s performance, … Read More »

When you cut a mortise on the wrong side…

Posted on March 19th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

Typically this can be a pretty glaring error no matter how well  you can patch or hide the mistake. This is exactly what happened to me this weekend while I was marking out the mortise for my split-top Roubo leg glide vise. The glide rail is mortised from behind and then secured with some pegs from one side. The front of it remains exposed on the front of the bench for all to see. Unfortunately, that’s the side that received the first several plunges of my bench-top mortiser. D’oh!

My stomach sank. I only have so much of the Niangon wood … Read More »

Kid In A Dusty Candy Shop: The Next Best Thing to WIA 2012

Posted on March 16th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, marketing & promotion, Publications, Tools. No Comments

What’s going to be the next best thing to attending WIA this year? It’s the Lie-Nielsen Tool Event on April 20-21st at Jeff Miller’s shop in Chicago! This event is going to have a great group of professionals and manufacturers all loaded into Jeff’s shop (recently featured in PWW in an article by Chris Schwarz).

Why am I making the 330 mile road trip from Cincinnati?

Because it encapsulates all things woodworking  I’ve been spending my time on over the last year:

Reading “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Chris Schwarz.
Building a traveling version of the tool chest in walnut.
Continue to fill my … Read More »

Glue-Creep Analysis Part 2: Taking Creep to the Next Level

Posted on March 6th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Publications. No Comments

It has been a little over 3 months since I published the first part of my Glue-Creep study for Gorilla Glue. In the first phase of this experiment, I looked at testing a variety of factors that may contribute to an exposed glue-line (such as a table-top) to creep above the surface of the wood. After testing a mix of environmental, mechanical and chemical factors in the first round of tesing, the results were inconclusive in replicating what a number of woodworkers experience (regardless of glue manufacturer):

“Moving forward, the current samples should be monitored on a monthly basis … Read More »

Split-top Roubo: Fixing a Mistake or Stretching your Resources?

Posted on March 5th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects. No Comments

My pile of maple was less than perfect when I finished milling it. I’m lucky some of the pieces ended up flat in the first place. One of the laminate pieces for my legs had a long check on one end, and was a little thin on the other. So rather than scrapping it completely, I went ahead and cut the mortise and then needed to figure out how to get things back to square. I could have tried to mess with the shoulder of the rail/tenon, but that would require transferring angles along multiple dimensions that would match the … Read More »