Yet Another Arched Aurora Nightstand

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Project by rmac posted 1072 days ago 5227 views 46 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another copy of Darrell Peart's beautiful Arched Aurora Nightstand, built from the plans in the Winter, 2010 issue of Woodwork magazine. This one’s made from African mahogany with Gaboon ebony accents and a solid poplar drawer bottom. It’s dyed using the recipe given in Darrell’s article, and finished with wipe-on polyurethane.

There’s a series of blog articles here with lots more pictures and details about the build.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#1 posted 1072 days ago

Holy Moly, that is pretty!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 1072 days ago

Amazing work!!!!!! I’m sure he will be proud once he looks at this!!!! I love this style of woodworking! You hit this one out of the park!!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 1072 days ago

Very Nice, beautiful wood and superb craftsmanship, Your taste is impeccable and the execution of this project flawless, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 1072 days ago

I’m going to agree with Charlie.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#5 posted 1072 days ago

Charlie has a good eye and great taste!!!! This thing is awesome!!!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#6 posted 1072 days ago

Wow! This looks really amazing!!! How did you make the handle on the drawer? I really love the details

-- Jess

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#7 posted 1071 days ago

Thanks, everybody!

@Jess: According to Darrell, the drawer handle was inspired by James Krenov. It’s very simple … just two ebony blocks with holes in them for the mahogany dowel that runs through the two blocks. Darrell uses threaded inserts, but on my table the blocks are just drilled and tapped on the back for a pair of machine screws (one in each block) that attach the handle to the drawer front.

There’s lots more info on some similar handles here.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#8 posted 1071 days ago

Very well done!

Looks realy nice.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 1071 days ago

Stunning piece! Love it!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#11 posted 1071 days ago

Really beautiful.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 1071 days ago

Oh so wonderfully done, the finish is spot on great work…BC

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#13 posted 1070 days ago

That’s beautiful! I’ been wanting to that table for sometime, but on the American Design site, it only shows the night stand and end table plans. I really like the Aroura style. Any details you’d like to share, like any snags? The blanket chest is on my to do list

Thanks for posting!


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#14 posted 1070 days ago

Awesome. On my to-do list!

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#15 posted 1070 days ago

Thanks again to everybody for all the kind words!

@Mike: The plans for this piece are in the Winter, 2010 issue of Woodwork magazine. You can order a copy from this site.

I didn’t really hit any terrible snags during the build. But in order to avoid what I thought would potential problems, I did do two things differently than suggested in the magazine:

1. I used a CAD program to lay out the templates for the arches on the aprons, the curved rail under the drawer, and the drawer front. This seemed a little more straightforward to me than the method shown in the magazine, and it also let me get by without buying any more router bits than I already had.

2. I made a template for the decorative splines in the top so I could shape and polish them before gluing them into the top itself. I saw this approach as less risky than the one shown in the magazine. And once again, this let me use router bits and accessories that I already had.

My blog series on this project
describes both of these deviations in more detail, along with the rest of the build.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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