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Power Carved Bowls with Arbortech Tools: Pt. 2

Posted on October 3rd, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Projects, Tools. 2 comments

In part one of this sponsored project series, I discussed how you can ramp-up your power carving skills with Arbortech’s angle grinder attachments. These tools can really ad a new dimension to your woodworking repertoire. All of my bowl projects in this series, including the one shown below all came from scrap end-cuts—pieces left over from larger boards that have sat around my workshop collecting dust—which have now found a second life. This post will focus on the major steps and a few tricks to make this bowl with the Arbortech Mini TURBO plane and the Contour Random Sander attachments.

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Power Carved Bowls with Arbortech Tools: Pt.1

Posted on September 30th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Projects, Tools. 6 comments

Earlier this year, I worked on a stool project that required a carved seat bottom with a simple concave surface. I purchased the Arbortech TURBOplane to help accomplish this task after seeing a video by Marc Spagnuolo (aka “The Wood Whisperer”).  Following the post I made about this project (recently re-blogged with more detail and photos), I was contacted by Australia-based Arbortech about doing a few additional contracted projects for them, using a wide range of their power carving attachments. This post covers the first of two parts of an ideal starter project: a series of carved bowls using their tools. In the … Read More »

Stacked Lamination Coffee Table

Posted on April 9th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects, Publications. 10 comments

Most furniture I’ve made it’s been about angles, curves and accurate joinery of dimensional lumber. In order to stretch myself a bit in both design and execution, I’ve recently begun working on a stacked lamination coffee table. This stacked lamination style became popular during the Midcentury period by artists like Wendell Castle. After seeing some of his highly carved, organic work in person at the Chicago Art Institute, I couldn’t resist giving it a try for myself.

Depending on the size, stacked lamination projects can either be created from single solid pieces, or smaller pieces mechanically joined together to create a void … Read More »