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Green and Greene Style Clock #3: Ebony plugs? Well, sorta.

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The Greene brothers used ebony extensively in their furniture and architectural pieces and that use has become a trademark of their woodworking designs. I wanted to try to stay true to their designs and use actual ebony plugs in the Greene and Greene style clocks I am building. I was not impressed with the shouldered plug design the plans called for and wanted true pillowed ebony plugs in my clocks. Pricing Ebony, I decided that I would have to come up with some other method of getting my plugs made. The plans called for using Mahogany for the accents and using a sharpie marker to dye the wood and make it resemble ebony. I was skeptical to say the least, but I decided to give it a try anyway and see how it actually came out. I used a method similar to William Ng’s for making the ebony plugs. Since the plugs where to be a full 3/8” plus a 1/64”, the plug stock would not chuck up in my hand drill so I had to resort to doing each plug by hand. I set out four sheets of sand paper sitting on top of 3M Scotch Brite pads for cushion. holding the stock like a pencil, I made small circles on the sand paper while also rotating the stock around to give a nice pillowed end. William’s video along with Mark Spagnuolo’s video on the subject, helped me greatly, and made all 16 plugs a breeze to make. Surprisingly, the plugs turned out great and from a couple feet, you’d never know they are not ebony and are in fact, mahogany colored with a sharpie. Maybe the next clock I will use actual ebony, but for now, I’m happy with the results.



I laid out the sheets in a row so I could go through the grits and pillow both ends of the stick.. There is actually 3 grits of sandpaper there, the 600 is currently on top of the 400 grit paper in the picture.

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After going through the grits, I would make sure I had a uniform pillow across the end

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Once the end is pillowed nicely, a sharpie marker was used to make it dark

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Once pillowed and colored, I cut all the plugs to just a 1/6” short of the depth of the mortises and chamfered the bottom edge to make inserting them easier.

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All the plugs cut and ready to be placed in the clock frame.

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Now that is what I’m talkin about!!! Perfection. :o)

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Now that I have done the plugs the way I have, I can’t ever see making the shouldered plugs the way the plans showed ever. Making the plugs was an enjoyable experience and I am super glad I went through the extra effort to do them right.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?



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Roger

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#1 posted 800 days ago

Sa-weeet!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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BTimmons

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#2 posted 800 days ago

Sharpies and mahogany, wow. That’s brilliant. I’d never be able to tell the difference.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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WoodArtbyJR

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#3 posted 799 days ago

Since I’ve seen this up close I can couch that it is VERY SWEEEEEET. Nice job Jeffery

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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