Putting the "log" back in Blog

Shaker Oval Boxes

Posted on January 12th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. No Comments

I recently came back from a woodworking class with Dale Barnard in Paoli, IN this weekend where he taught me how to make a set of five Shaker oval nesting boxes in cherry.

Dale’s workshop is set up to build just about anything, and he offers some pretty awesome classes for beginner through advanced woodworkers. Initially, I was surprised at how relatively simple the construction a set of one of these seemed to be. I guess that is pretty standard for anything from the Shakers. However, like many Shaker items, the details are what makes these a true work of art.

The first day I spent … Read More »

Walnut Beds Continue

Posted on January 7th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. No Comments

So I made some pretty good progress over the last few weeks on one of the beds.
The headboard and footboard combined have about 40 mortise and tenon joints, and some pretty precise geometry. The smaller mortises were made with a forstner bit and squared them up with a chisel. All of the smaller pieces in the headboard are flush with one another.

Everything is so tight in the dry-fit stage that it probably could survive without a glue-up. With all of the pieces, I’m probably going to use the Gorilla Glue Polyurethane glue, for a slower set time – just in … Read More »

Walnut Beds Begin

Posted on December 29th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. No Comments

I’ve started a new project over the last couple of weeks. It’s two solid walnut beds (Full Size) for each of my kids.
I’m making two different styles, heavily influenced by Thomas Moser’s New Century China bed and American Bungalow beds.

I’ve worked on other beds in the past including a Pencil Post bed I made as a wedding gift to my wife about 10 years ago. This was after working on some projects for Jeff Miller of J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture. He published a book on Beds through Taunton back in 1999 and I had the opportunity to learn quite a bit from him in the process of … Read More »

Midwest Woodworking

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

I recently came across a supply of lumber from a business here in Cincinnati, OH, Midwest Woodworking. It is owned by a second generation businessman, Frank David. The warehouse he has is probably well over 40,000 sq feet. Spread out across 2 floors are some of the longest complete boules of lumber I’ve ever seen in Sapele, Mahogany and Makore.

He lets customers dig through some of the most amazing piles of lumber and pick your favorite boards. One board, or 1,000’s of bd/ft, whatever you want. The prices are simply insane for the quality of lumber he has. Definitely half … Read More »

Woodworking in America 2009

Posted on August 25th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue. No Comments

An Eye-Opening Experience

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the event when I arrived, but as the weekend went on, one thing became clear to me; I am nowhere near alone with my passion for woodworking. In fact, attending an event like this one provides each of the attendees with a confirmation of what we already know. Crafting something with our hands in wood is a truly organic and gratifying creative experience. Sharing those experiences and perspectives with others who truly understand what drives us, is exactly the point of an event like Woodworking in … Read More »

Woodworking Daydreams

Posted on July 16th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue. No Comments

Thinking about furniture and the wood that goes into it.

Lately it seems much of my free time is spent thinking about woodworking. Case in point: I was playing golf with some friends about a week ago and found myself far off of the fairway where I was supposed to be, and instead, next to an old dead oak tree. With not much more than a shell of its former grandeur, I couldn’t help but be amazed at the mass this tree once occupied. Even as it stood with only 8’-10’ feet remaining, it had to be at least 5-6 feet … Read More »