Greene inspired Night Stand #15: Blacker indent summary - Lots of sanding on this detail

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Blog entry by ChicoWoodnut posted 06-15-2008 06:36 AM 3187 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to summarize the Blacker Indent detail.

I don’t own a belt sander so I did this all by hand. I got a lot faster after the first couple.

First I cut the indent detail using a ramped jig. (sorry, I don’t have a picture). This is outlined in Darrell Peart’s book.

I marked a line 1/8” in from the edge all the way around the bottom and another line 3/4” from the bottom on all the sides.

I sanded the edge up to the lines with 150 and a big sanding block making a nice curve.

then I did the other side. I eyeballed the curves from the top to make sure they were fair and the same. I did the other two sides the same way.

After that I rounded over all the edges.

And here is what I was left with.

But this was the boring part. I had to sand 8×4=32 of these little details to round off the inside edges. The end grain part on the bottom was th most difficult. I wanted to keep it crisp.

I don’t have any fingerprints left :(

Sure looks sweet though. All 8 legs are done.

-- Scott - Chico California

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 06-15-2008 06:55 AM


Looks really NICE… just like they wanted it to look…

Ever wonder how they did it? Maybe you KNOW… I don’t know…
... just letting my mind wander…
1. Boil/steam the leg ends really good…
2. When ready, nice & soft, take an old Clamp, place it off angle, and clamp the h..ll out of it making it sink in…
3. Do it again & again for each lil design desired. :) :)

Do you know how they did it?

I get the impression you did it your way… (not knowing how they did it).

I never realized how much a small detail could make such a difference…

Looks G R E A T !!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 06-15-2008 06:57 AM

I don’t know Joe. They prolly had a bunch of apprentices working for peanuts LOL.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#3 posted 06-15-2008 07:18 AM

Nice job hand sanding. That’s a lot of work!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 06-15-2008 07:59 AM

That looks like one hell of a lot of work, but it does look good. You would think that there was an easier way to do it.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#5 posted 06-15-2008 08:15 AM

That is very nice. Love the look.

-- Eric at

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#6 posted 06-15-2008 01:48 PM

Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 06-15-2008 03:00 PM

Looks great Scott – you will be forever grateful you stuck with that detail and re-sized it to fit your piece rather than throw in the towel.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#8 posted 06-15-2008 03:11 PM

Great job Scott…..
. I was about to say great Scott..
I looks like you read Darrels book too.
Lots of tedium but the results are wonderful…
Glad you decided to do it as it make the piece really stand out.
Greene and Greene sstuff is losts of fun..

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#9 posted 06-15-2008 03:28 PM

Lots of work but what a difference it makes it looks really fine you did a great job too bad you had to do it by hand now you have a finish that comes out thanks for the posting

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#10 posted 06-16-2008 03:59 AM

looking good. its the details that count! thanks for the post.

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 06-16-2008 11:03 AM

Nicely done, Scott. I am not sure I would have had the patience to do all this by hand though. The thrill wore off quickly after the first couple of sides, I am sure. This are nice details that you are adding to the piece.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 06-16-2008 03:56 PM


Problem is, I can’t think of a way to soften the indents except by hand. Rounding the bottoms went pretty fast.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#13 posted 06-17-2008 01:00 AM

Good end result Scott. One thing about belt sanders, you can go too far too quickly. At least you had good control over the result.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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