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Split-Top Roubo: Tweaked From the Start

Posted on February 19th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Gorilla Glue, Projects. No Comments

I knew right away that I would be making some tweaks to the overall plans from Benchcrafted’s split-top Roubo workbench. My 350 sq/ft shop simply can’t accommodate the full sized bench at 87″, that is unless I want to smash my elbow when planing wood on it. Because of this space limitation, I’m going to do the “baby” Roubo that is ~72″.

This is fortunate because the top laminate pieces (from a locally-harvested log i dried over the last three years) were really twisted and it took some work with Frank David of MidWest Woodworking to get that out of the … Read More »

Completed Traveling Anarchist’s Tool Chest

Posted on February 13th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. 5 comments

I had a chance to wrap up the final finish and details of my Traveling Anarchist’s Tool Chest this weekend. Here is a gallery with some more of the photos of the chest filled with my tools.

I learned a lot on this project and am glad the walnut went to good use. Thanks to Chris Schwarz for the inspiration, guidance and a little publicity along the way.

I’ll have this at the Woodworking In America event this fall at the Gorilla Glue booth.


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 »