Aurora Night Stand #2: Unexpected help

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Blog entry by Topapilot posted 12-19-2008 07:26 PM 3316 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I mentioned in my first post how disapointed I was in the plans I purchased for the nightstand. Well, right away I recieved a PM from Darrell Pert, woodworker, author, and creater of the Aurora design. He offered help and sent photos that got me past a sticking point. This is a great community, and you never know who might be reading!

To finish the assembly of the nightstand draw, I needed to make a sliding dovetail to attach the draw back to the draw sides. I really have been happy with my $8 router table, but the bit opening is sized for my largest bit and I was uncomfortable running the short side of the draw back over the opening.
Bit opening on $8 routher table

I decided to make a new table with an opening that just gave clearance for the bit. I also reached a new level in frugality in woodworking machines. I give you my $0.44 router table:

fourty four cent router table

It consists of a piece of scrap mdf, the fence from my drill press table, three clamps, and four long screws I purchased to replace the short ones in the router base plate. I guess I should call this the $0.55 router table, as I did purchase a spare screw…

bottom of table

With this smaller opening I felt better about running the back over the bit:

Some trial and error, and the finished joint:
sliding dovetail

Now it’s time to sand the pillowed draw fingers.

4 comments so far

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 12-19-2008 07:57 PM

This is exactly why Darrel Peart has such a great reputation among the woodworking community.

I have no doubt that through the challenges on this project, you will mature as a craftsman. No doubt, I have grown with every project.

I am really looking forward to seeing this project complete and I am enjoying the progress reports.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 12-19-2008 08:14 PM

I think this was the straw,Its time for me to build a router table.I also look forward to seeing the nightstand finished.many thanks

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#3 posted 12-19-2008 08:42 PM

Very cool Robb,

BTW, I’m headed down to Santa Barbara tomorrow morning. I have a party to attend and a Sunday Morning T-time to keep. I hope the weather is a lot better down in your neck of the woods because it is darned cold up here (for California that is) and it’s keeping me out of the Shop. We have had mid 20 degree nights all week.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#4 posted 01-02-2009 08:13 PM

Look nice Robb.

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