Putting the "log" back in Blog

Get Woodworking Week: Getting Found Online

Posted on February 6th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Publications. 1 Comment

I’m sure there are going to be plenty of people promoting project plans, tools and techniques online for people who are just getting started. So I decided to make a post that will help woodworkers who are getting started online, and want to use the web effectively to help get connected, share ideas and progress with others. Woodworking is a very social activity, despite the fact that many of us stay holed up in our man-caves/shops/garages for hours on end. The Web has helped connect like minded woodworkers who are seeking out advice or just want to continue to … Read More »

Installation of 100+ Year Old Hardware

Posted on February 3rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools. 4 comments

My chest lift hardware arrived earlier this week from Robinson’s Antique hardware thanks to Chris Schwarz for the recommendation. Although my poll from a previous post solicited input on brass over cast iron handles, Robinson’s had only one brass handle remaining. Cast iron it is.

The cast iron handles and screws arrived looking like they had a good century of ware on them including some type of black enamel finish, well worn and rust free. The owner indicated the handles were probably from around the turn of the century. They actually looked very similar to a set that was on a … Read More »

An Unsung Hero: Milwaukee M12 Tool Review

Posted on February 2nd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Tools. No Comments

It seems like I tend to focus on my flashier, or more expensive tool investments. What’s not to like about Lie-Nielsen hand tools, or Powermatic or SawStop’s woodworking equipment. They rule. It occurred to me that one power tool I own continues to perform across a wide range of tasks. My Milwaukee M12 Cordless Lithium Ion Cordless Screwdriver).

I had been without a rechargeable drill for at least 8 years, and I’m sure everyone can agree that the Lithium Ion battery technology has really upped the game. This tool is taking advantage of that rechargeable battery technology and combines it with … Read More »

Getting Found Online

Posted on January 30th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue. 1 Comment

Some ideas from a digital marketer and woodworker.

I get paid, like countless thousands of others like me, to tell clients (big brands) how they should spend their marketing dollars. I feel fortunate enough to have been able to see the impact of cable (on broadcast TV), and more recently the digital revolution that has greatly impacted how brands consider their marketing allocations. Was this as exciting as the 1960’s MadMen-era of the Ad world? No, but it’s just as easy to order a martini now as it was then. Revolution in my industry is what keeps it exciting, fresh and … Read More »

Reader Poll on Traveling Anarchist Tool Chest handles.

Posted on January 26th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop. 2 comments

The build-out continues on my Traveling Anarchist Tool Chest. With the till pulls, hinges and lid stay chain in place, I’m trying to determine if I should put some of those sweet chest lifts from Robinson’s Antique Hardware or just leave them off all together. Proportion has always been a challenge for me.

Chris Schwarz ┬áplans on using some┬álarger versions on his chest, and are intended more as a stabilizing device for lifting, rather than actual handles to carry it with. That’s why there are casters as well. So I’m stuck between choosing to add them and if so which type … Read More »

One Good Deed Deserves Another

Posted on January 25th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Projects. 3 comments

It was great to see a post go up yesterday by Chris Schwarz on Popular Woodworking about our visit to Midwest Woodworking. It was great to see a gem like them getting some publicity. Chris’ commentary on the available wood did a great job on what is available, but honestly setting up a time to go visit like he suggests is really the way to go.

Piles of lumber go only so far to sell what’s in his 30,000+ sq/ft warehouse. So I figured I’d compliment Chris’ post with a few shots of some of my completed pieces that have used … Read More »

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands + Bonus Cute Puppy

Posted on January 23rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Tools. 1 Comment

I’ve recently been looking for a reason to write a product endorsement on O’Keeffe’s Working Hands, but I figured it would be a little obvious if it related to woodworking. Matt from MBW recently wrote one here with the woodworker’s angle. I completely agree with his assessment as well. Wood seems to suck the moisture from our hands and slices them to bits. The winter’s dry weather really can do a number of cracking and splitting knuckles and fingertips. Even our spouses remind us of how rough they can get this time of the year.

So where does the puppy fit … Read More »

Pinewood Derby Synchronicity

Posted on January 22nd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop. No Comments

It all goes back to the basics when we think about what makes woodworkers fall in love with the craft. This is my som’s first Pine Wood Derby. Band saw, oscillating sander files sand and paint for a 7 year old (with some supervision). Another use for blue painter’s tape to boot.

Race day is next week so we have a few days to get it up to around 5 oz.

Mid-Century Modern, Moser and SEO

Posted on January 20th, by Andy Brownell in Design. 8 comments

It’s no secret I am a fan of Thomas Moser Furniture. I have built at least 6 projects that are of his designs directly like the Edo Bed and Bench over the last three years. I love his and his son David’s perspective on design and a proven willingness to bring new products to market, even if they don’t always succeed. Anyone who builds furniture for profit knows how competitive the market is and that the competition comes from both domestic and foreign manufacturers.

The other reason I am a fan is that his business has successfully grown over the last … Read More »


Playing Favorites

Posted on January 18th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools. 4 comments

I recently wrapped up all of the inner workings of my traveling anarchist tool chest including the tills, and a custom chisel holder that attaches to the inside of the chest wall securely, as well as on my tool wall. Like most woodworkers who would be in my position at this point in the project, I decided to give everything a trial run. I places all of my critical tools into the chest to see how things fit, and what might be improved.

My first reaction was damn, this is really heavy (probably 100+ lbs.), but that’s what you … Read More »