Putting the "log" back in Blog

Glue Line “Creep” Study

Posted on November 29th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Publications. 6 comments

Analysis of Factors Contributing to Glue Line Transmission “glue-creep” in Wood Joinery

Glue line telegraphing (glue-creep) occurs on exposed wood joints as a thin, slightly raised bump along adjacent glued surfaces. This study was designed to evaluate what factors may contribute to this taking place for wood to wood applications. I tested a number of scenarios across a variety of six wood species, seven adhesive types and four finishes. Over a six week period of preparation, glue-up, finishing and acclimation within a stable environment, no visible glue-line creep appeared. Future seasonal changes and wood movement may change the initial results of … Read More »

A Tool Chest to Last Generations

Posted on November 23rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools. 1 Comment

After reading The Anarchist’s Toolchest by Chris Schwarz, I made a decision to take on a similar project to safely store my tool investment so that my children’s children may someday use the same tools I use today. While the larger tool chest was tempting, it was a little over the top in it’s size. I’ve decided to build the smaller “Traveling Anarchist Tool Chest” instead. A more manageable, yet fully functional storage box. At this point, I’ve been able to make the most out of a great stack of walnut boards, and have rough milled all of the parts … Read More »

The Lobstar – Handcrafted Holiday Awesomeness

Posted on November 22nd, by Andy Brownell in Publications, video. No Comments

I wanted to give a shout out to an old H.S. Classmate, Chris Brady and his side business making The Lobstar. A native New Englander whose mission is to top every tree with a lobster holding a star – The Lobstar. When he’s not coming up with great creative at Mullen in Boston, he makes these unique tree toppers around the holidays.

Here is a great video and link to a post of what he does to prepare each one for shipping. Great job Chris, and I hope you have a good Lobstar season that would make the folks in Galilee, … Read More »

Preservation of our Craft

Posted on November 18th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop. No Comments

Here’s a great post from Etsy.tv on Liberty Tool and one man’s mission to recycle usable tools to extend not only their life, but to help preseve hand crafts. I can’t help but be inspired when I see this. Are we at the dawn of yet another Craftsman revival that characterized the Arts and Crafts movement beginning in the last century? Or is it just a broader distribution network (the web) that gets the message and content out there to those already looking for it. One way or the other, I love it.

Pre-Production Prep

Posted on November 12th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, video. No Comments

Most of this weekend is being spent preparing for a video shoot with Gorilla Glue on Monday morning. One side of my shop has had to be completely cleared out with the exception of my workbench. The other side is holding everything else. Times like these I’m glad everything is on wheels. This will give the film crew plenty of room to move around for the shoot. The plan is to shoot a series of videos for customer service that people can access from their web site and YouTube video channel. I’ll  be sure to post the videos when they … Read More »

Why Handmade Matters

Posted on November 11th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop. No Comments

This brilliantly produced video (by Made By Hand) documents the story of a knife maker in Brooklyn and his discovery of a hidden talent and passion for making things by hand. The interview not only shows the process behind making a beautiful kitchen knife, but the perspective and importance of fostering hand crafts in America, and a movement to shed the “disposable” culture we’ve become.

Other products for sale are featured here.

Made by Hand / No 2 The Knife Maker from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

Good Reading for Woodworkers

Posted on November 10th, by Andy Brownell in Publications, Tools. No Comments

I have to admit, I’m not much of a book reader. Most of my reading takes the form of magazines, blogs and web content (both long and short-form). However, while at WIA 2011, I couldn’t resist purchasing these two books by Christopher Schwarz. Aside from looking and feeling good in the hands, or on shelf, (both have linen-style hard covers with embossed images), they are equally interesting to read for anyone intersted in woodworking.
The Anarchist’s Tool Chest
This is a great read for anyone interested in getting started in woodworking, or is looking to prioritize what they use to effectively build furniture. … Read More »

Chair Assembly Challenge

Posted on November 9th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. 1 Comment

I’ve been working on a set of two sapele lounge chairs for the last couple of months. They are from a design from Thomas Moser, but are clearly influenced by Asian-style joinery aesthetics. While the fabrication of the parts and layout of 186 mortise and tenons was time consuming, it wasn’t too difficult. This tedium was ultimately broken by the hair-pulling glue-up and assembly of the first of two chairs this past weekend.

I had pre-assembled the front and back elements, including the four posts while at the Woodworking in America Conference last month. That glue up was farly easy to execute … Read More »

Trial by Fire

Posted on November 8th, by Andy Brownell in Installation, Projects. No Comments

Although my fireplace upgrade project has been completed for a couple of months, I wasn’t able to give it a try until recently. With  Halloween eve dropping down to the 30’s, I couldn’t wait any longer. The new Lennox insert and rebuilt flue pipe worked perfectly. Ironically, the first log I burned was a walnut log, the same materials as the mantle piece as well. I’m looking forward to many warm nights by the fire with the family for years to come.

Not so humble beginnings…

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

So I have finally begun the build on a project at least two years in the making. What started as an opportunistic acquisition of @300 bd-ft of rock maple, grew into a 2+ year air-drying process in my back yard.

I had a local sawyer slice up a 12′ long, 20″ diameter maple log that had fallen from a category 1 hurricane that hit Cincinnati back in 2009. This tree was one of the casualties. These 2″ slabs were cut, and then stacked for drying for the next two years.  They are now down below 10% moisture content, and ready to … Read More »