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Forum topic by grace123 posted 12-12-2015 12:00 AM 511 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2015 12:00 AM

I want to make a chest for my grandson for an upcoming birthday. He will be 8 years old. I want to make a scaled-down version of a Greene and Greene blanket chest with the idea that as a younger boy he can keep toys in it, but as he grows he will keep things are significant to him in it. I envision it will get a lot of use. Do the ebony plugs come out? I would hate to have some of the plugs work loose.


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#1 posted 12-12-2015 12:33 AM

The plugs are typically glued in, so no they won’t come out. Also, since ebony is super expensive, African blackwood makes a pretty good alternative, though sometimes it can be lighter and show grain.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 12-12-2015 01:19 AM

Another alternative is walnut stained with a Sharpie Permanent marker.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#3 posted 12-12-2015 02:04 AM

Wenge is another potential substitute and it is cheaper and easier to get. Not quite as dark but dark enough to contrast w/ most other woods. The plugs shouldn’t come out if they well glued and fit tight.

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#4 posted 12-12-2015 02:04 AM

Yeah, look up “ebonized wood”. It’ll be a lot cheaper than using actual ebony.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#5 posted 12-12-2015 02:50 AM

I’ve used walnut with steel wool and vinegar solution in the past that worked well. The problem with that is if you sand/plane/scrape something flush, then you get rid of the dark stain. Coloring it in afterwards is a recipe for disaster as well. Tried that and it failed. Hence my suggestion for African Blackwood.

For plugs and splines in the G&G style though, it should work well. You don’t sand stuff flush, so there’s nothing to worry about.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#6 posted 12-12-2015 02:51 AM

I spent $40 on a 2×2x12” blank of ebony.

I used maybe $10 worth for my chest. For every piece. It goes a long way.

When you do them use a cordless drill. I tried a drill press and it leaves a swirl. Something about the unevenness of a hand held drill works the best.

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