Putting the "log" back in Blog

Tool Tills on the TATC

Posted on January 16th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. No Comments

The long weekend gave me enough time to finish up the tool tills and their guides along each of the sides for my traveling anarchist’s tool chest. I’ll be working on some minor modifications to the saw till Chris Schwarz details in his book and then it’s on to hardware and finishing. Luckily, Mr. Schwarz made it easy on the hardware side of things with his recent post about what hardware to use from Horton Brass. You can read more about it here. I will probably look into adding some handles to help lift/stabilize the chest when it gets moved. … Read More »

Maple is Murder

Posted on January 8th, by Andy Brownell in Projects, Tools. No Comments

When it comes to dulling your chisel blades, nothing compares to rock maple when cutting dovetails. The two tool tills for my Traveling Anarchists Tool Chest are made from some locally harvested rock maple. Sixteen hand-cut dovetails later, Ive wrapped up the weekend with both tills ready to sand and attach the bottoms. I still have plenty of work to do, but this concludes the dovetailing for this project, thankfully. Next up are the carcass glides for the two tills, saw till, lid hinges and finishing. Im targeting the end of February to wrap this up to make room for … Read More »

2011 Website in Review

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

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. I really only got things started in November, so I know my benchmarks for 2012. Thanks to everyone who has shown an interest in coming to my site in 2011. Be on the look out for more videos and completed project photos early this year.


Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. BrownellFurniture.com was viewed about 1,500 times in 2011, just for November – December. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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Facing Challenges

Posted on December 28th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. No Comments

While on vacation over the past week, I’ve had some time to think about some of the next steps ahead on my Traveling Anarchist’s tool chest: attach dust skirt and fit lid/hinges, build and customize saw till, tool drawers and finish.

The majority of that is fairly old hat at this point. Meaning taking the first leap on a new and challenging project is usually the hardest part. Having the basic skills and tools is really all you need to progressively take on bigger challenges as a woodworker. But what has become more evident on a project of this kind is … Read More »

Why We Obsess

Posted on December 22nd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue. No Comments

I recently had a brief, but very interesting discussion with a good friend and furniture maker Jeff Miller. We were talking about a question that came up recently by one of his students regarding why he had experienced a particular problem with a finished piece. What struck me was not the actual topic driving the student’s frustration, rather his desire to want to know why it happened and what he could do to control it.

The topic of glue creep is one that certainly has a good deal of knowledge of surrounding it, and has driven companies to spend money on … Read More »

Weekend Anarchy

Posted on December 18th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects. 3 comments

Every so often the responsibilities of modern life can take a temporary back burner to more selfish (albeit productive) pursuits. This past weekend is a perfect example of one of those times. Admittedly, this is actually the fourth such time when I’m fortunate enough to have a week or more to do this. Every time it has been used to make significant progress on furniture projects. Two years ago I was knee-deep in building my kids two walnut beds. My purple-stained fingers, caused by the tannins, are a reminder of the byproduct of working long periods with Juglans nigra.

With the … Read More »

Scrap Heating

Posted on December 7th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop. No Comments

It always used to break my heart when I had to throw away my scraps. Now they are fuel for heating the living room.

High-Speed Dovetail Glue-Up

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

Here’s a quick and easy way to see how a dovetailed carcass is assembled, at high speed. This is the case for the Traveling Anarchist’s Tool Chest.

Sorry Mr. Schwarz, but I had to use some clamps on mine to pull everything in tight.

The Slow Grind of Dovetailing

Posted on December 4th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects. 1 Comment

Chopping out the tail waste for the main carcass of my Traveling Anarchist’s Tool Chest. Slow and steady.

The Perfect Combination

Posted on November 29th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Tools. No Comments

Sometimes you come across a perfect combination of tools to completely change your woodworking experience. Using the Benchcrafted Moxon vise and the Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw is a perfect case in point. These two companies products are the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of dovetail cutting. Cutting the tails for my Traveling Anarchist Tool Chest made both the set-up and cutting a breeze. Both tools live up to the benefit they can deliver any user. Thanks guys. This is a game-changer for my hand tool use for sure.