Arched Aurora End Table

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Project by GBS posted 10-07-2013 12:38 AM 4658 views 26 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 10-07-2013 12:47 AM

Really very nice.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#2 posted 10-07-2013 12:48 AM

Absolutely beautiful.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania,

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#3 posted 10-07-2013 12:52 AM

Greg, superb bit of work. The cloud lifts on the lower part of the legs is a nice touch.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 10-07-2013 02:27 AM

Cloud lifts… that’s what they’re called. nice detail.

I love this style. The single dovetail, little pins, the handle looks hand made too.

these tables really caught my attention…

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#6 posted 10-07-2013 03:02 AM

Great job! Those look fantastic.

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#8 posted 10-07-2013 08:28 AM

Very nice end table.Excellent job.It is one piece of furniture that makes your living room complete.End tables are especially easy to make because of the size and shape of the tables.End tables come in a number of shapes, colors and varieties, so you can add a little bit of your character to your home while also adding a practical piece of furniture.

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#9 posted 10-07-2013 11:02 AM

WOW amazing! Next level stuff here..

-- "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind"

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#10 posted 10-07-2013 11:06 AM

So tasteful and elegant, beautiful work. The design is quiet but shouts great craftsmanship.
I hope i will get the skills to do something similar in the future.
A favorite for sure!

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden

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#11 posted 10-07-2013 12:24 PM

Great job!

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#12 posted 10-07-2013 12:28 PM

Beautifully done!

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#13 posted 10-07-2013 12:39 PM

that’s a fine looking table – nice work!

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#14 posted 10-07-2013 01:50 PM

nice looking table

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#15 posted 10-07-2013 01:59 PM

These are clean and well done. They make a wonderful pair of end tables.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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