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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 »

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 »

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 »