Aurora Night Stand #5: Ebony details

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Blog entry by Topapilot posted 03-05-2009 08:35 AM 1755 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve made some progress on my nightstand, so I thought I’d post some pictures of the ebony splines and plugs.

I bought the ebony when I walked into our brand-spanking-new woodcraft in Ventura and they had pieces on sale. I figured I could get it at my hardwood dealer, but decided a new business needs help, and they’re close (next closest store is two hours away; go figure with all the people in SoCal) I got one that was about 3×3x14 inches and covered in wax. I resawed it into thicknesses for the splines and plugs, but the pieces warped and cracked! I ended up with splines that were just a bit too thin, and my plugs have grain running in all directions, but it’s done.

Here I am using my dado shims to ensure I don’t insert the plugs too deep:
0.040 shim keeps me from inserting too deep

Plugs in legs

Table minus the draw:
One spare plug!

Now I need to figure how to install the draw guides, make the draw handle, and finish it.

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#1 posted 03-05-2009 11:51 AM

lookin’ good ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-05-2009 03:37 PM

I like the ebony accents.

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

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#3 posted 03-05-2009 05:02 PM

Looking very good – I like my ebony hanging around the shop for a long time before using since it costs so much and is not readily available to us rural guys. How did you make out routing the splines in place?

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#4 posted 03-05-2009 06:58 PM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 03-06-2009 04:36 AM


Glad I got a head start on you though.

-- Scott - Chico California

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