|Project by GBS||posted 10-07-2013 12:38 AM||2520 views||23 times favorited||35 comments|
Plans: Darrell Peart article in Woodworker Magazine
Material: Mahogany with ebony
Finish: General Finishes water based dye stain. Orange and medium brown. Satin topcoat
This is a faithful reproduction of Mr Peart’s Arched Aurora End Table. I built a pair of them this winter. One for my living room and one for my bedroom. This was the most technically challenging project I have attempted. The article by Darrell Peart is very informative with respect to technique and process, so it was a great way to stretch my skills. In order to make all the mortises for the dozens of ebony plugs, I bought the set of square hole punches from Lee Valley. They were crucial. The final photo shows the two tables in various states of incompletion.
The making of this table is very jig-intensive and, once again, Mr. Peart is thorough in explaining the manufacture of the various jigs. For instance in crafting the arched stretchers and arched drawer front, it is not satisfactory to trace a curve from a template, bandsaw and sand to suit. You lose the clarity and precision of the arches this way, and if they don’t match perfectly (64th accuracy, here), it will show in your drawer front. The curves were cut using a trammel-mounted router and then faired where the radii change. I attached a photo of just one of the 10 or so jigs used in this table project.