Three-Legged Stool – Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Red Oak and Elm

I found a big chunk of red oak from a tree that was felled near my house in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh a year and a half ago. After letting it sit and dry in my basement all that time, I decided to make a stool out of it. I also had a few elm branches I picked up in a neighbor’s yard around the same time. (side note: I actually started drilling the leg holes early in the summer – and broke my finger in the process. Now that it’s mostly healed, it was time to tackle this bastard).

The original chunk of red oak
The chunk had a large bug hole in it going all the way through the corner, which I decided to fill with epoxy resin, mixed with a tiny bit of green watercolor pigment.


Check out that grain!

Butcher Block Kitchen Island Cart – Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Wood

We recently bought a new home that has far too little kitchen space and storage. My wife wanted a kitchen isand with a butcher block, so I built her this. It was my first piece of actual proper furniture, with mortise and tenon joints, a drawer, a hanger for pots and pans, and a shelf for storage. The butcher block top is also removable for cleaning. The butcher block was constructed from ambrosia maple, with the base also in cherry and walnut.

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Butcher block kitchen island on casters. I did it! I finished my first piece of proper furniture, complete with first attempt at mortise and tenons and a butcher block top. (Not counting the hastily slapped together keyboard stand). I made this for my wife @tam_a_ryn to add a little much-needed kitchen workspace and storage space in our new home. I first deigned it from scratch in SketchUp on my computer. The base is constructed from cherry (#brooksidelumber) while the butcher block top, drawer face, and bottom shelf slats are ambrosia maple (@rockler_woodworking). The drawer handle is walnut (from a nice guy on Craigslist) and the drawer itself is poplar. The hidden drawer support pieces are pine from a shipping pallet. This was also the first time I'd used a router (for the mortises and all the edges) and I'm particularly happy with the routered drawer face. The top is removable for washing and serving, and the shelf is also removable. The butcher block was soaked in mineral oil and conditioned with oil/beeswax ( and the base was finished with 3 coats of polyurethane. The pots and pans hang from S hooks attached to an aluminum rod installed underneath (also my first time cutting metal). I was pretty shocked to find that everything fit pretty snugly and is level, despite plenty of errors (luckily my ugly tenons are hidden inside the mortises). This was such an educational experience! Even making my first trip to an actual lumber yard was intimidating at first (what's a "board foot"? lol. Kidding. I studied before I started). I definitely have a newfound appreciation for professional woodworkers and carpenters – and why real furniture is "expensive" compared to particle board Ikea crap. This took me a month on and off to finish.

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Working on my first ever butcher block, which will be the removable top of a kitchen island on casters for my wife. I picked up some gorgeous #ambrosiamaple at half price from @rockler_woodworking. For those curious, ambrosia maple is just maple that has been infected with ambrosia beetles. The beetles have a symbiotic relationship with fungi, which they cultivate on the walls of the galleries they bore in the wood. The beetle's larvae feed on the fungus. The fungus infects the surrounding tree tissue, causing discoloration. And this creates beautiful patterns and figure sought after by woodworkers. And it can kill the tree. #woodworking #butcherblock #cuttingboard #woodworker #diykitchen

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Feather Earrings – Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Wood


Crystal Medallion Wooden Earrings – Daniel D. Brown, 2017

Believe it or not, these earrings for my wife @tam_a_ryn took most of the day to make. All wood and all natural colors (no stain or paint). Made from Padauk, Cherry, Purpleheart, Walnut, and Aspen. Cut on a scrollsaw. Heavily inspired by a design by @woodvibetribe (check out their AMAZING work!). Note: I based these off of @woodvibetribe‘s design for the simple reason that my wife said “make me some similar to these!” I’m not selling them.


Beatuiful Padauk wood!