6 Days to Aurora – Day 2

Article - March 10, 2009

We covered a good bit of ground today. We started by preparing the stock for the remaining parts of the table base and drawer. This beautiful piece of 5/4 mahogany served us very well! Not wanting to use any more material than necessary, we had to carefully plan and layout our cuts. Darrell’s design calls for numerous parts at different thicknesses. So the beauty of the Aurora Table comes at the cost of simplicity. But as I start to see pieces of this project come together, there is no doubt that the effort is well worth it, and there is much to learn from Darrell’s design habits.

We spent a good deal of time marking, rough cutting, and routing all the arched rail pieces. The front (under the drawer) receives a true independent arched rail, while the side and back aprons receive an applied arch.

I then spent some quality time with the Multi-Router making the remaining mortises in the aprons and rails. If you aren’t familiar with a Multi-Router, its basically a router mounted horizontally. The way the system is designed, its incredibly easy to make accurate and repeatable cuts.

thebitHere’s one final shot is for those of you who were asking about this monster pattern bit. You can order this from William Ng’s Store. It isn’t cheap, but if you do a lot of pattern routing, this baby is worth EVERY PENNY!

Oh by the way. The book that really accelerated my interest in Greene & Greene furniture was written by the instructor himself, Darrell Peart. The book is called Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop.