Aurora Nightstand

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My wife needed more room for her “this and that clutter” kept on the nightstand on her side of the bed. That gave me the excuse needed to make her an Aurora Nightstand.
This is my take on Darrel Peart’s Aurora Nightstand. Darrel is a modern day guru of Greene & Greene design principles in furniture and has stated that adhering to the principles is more important than the type of wood used when you apply them.
I took him at his word. The carcass of my nightstand is birdseye maple while the shelf and table top are flame maple. I had a limited amount of birdseye so cut some into veneer and applied that to solid maple core for the legs. That only allowed me to make a taper at the bottom of the legs rather than apply the waterfall element used in Darrel’s design.
There is a lot of time invested in making the jigs for the arched aprons and drawer front as well as the jig developed by William Ng for the splines but taking the time was well worth it.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#1 posted 04-20-2018 02:02 PM

Cool G&G elements!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 04-20-2018 02:02 PM

Well, I’ve never seen a Greene & Greene with that maple before and I have to say that the entire piece is drop dead gorgeous! Wow…

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#3 posted 04-20-2018 02:53 PM

Very nice. I think you did a great job. Kudos!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 04-20-2018 02:56 PM

don’t even know who greene & greene are, don’t care but I really like the curly maple w/walnut accents

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 04-20-2018 02:57 PM

This is one of my dream projects! Amazing job. I’m slated to attend one of Darrell’s classes in the next year or so.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#6 posted 04-20-2018 03:59 PM

I dig it.

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#8 posted 04-20-2018 05:49 PM

G&G combined with the figuring in the maple looks great.

What are the drawer sides made from? Walnut or is that just end grain from the maple?? I can see a dark spot where the pillowed box joints are but I can’t really tell.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 04-20-2018 07:19 PM

This table looks great. You really shot for the moon and I think you can proclaim that the Eagle has landed.


-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 04-20-2018 09:39 PM

That is some beautiful flame maple great work


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#11 posted 04-20-2018 11:45 PM


-- Gary, Florida

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#12 posted 04-21-2018 12:31 AM

Very Nice For Sure & Well Done Phil!

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#13 posted 04-21-2018 01:47 AM

Looks awesome and that flame maple is spectacular!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#14 posted 04-21-2018 03:20 AM

Awesome! Makes me want to cut up some of my birdseye maple!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#15 posted 04-21-2018 03:59 AM

This is one of my dream projects! Amazing job. I m slated to attend one of Darrell s classes in the next year or so.

- CaptainSkully

You will enjoy every minute of a class with Darrel

-- Phil in British Columbia

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