The small molding details on the legs of the game table are made from maple stock — so you may ask why they look like ebony. The answer is simple: India ink. It creates a jet black color.
To make the molding, plane a piece of approximately 3″-wide maple lumber to 1/2″ thickness. Next, set up your router table with a profile cutting bit; our author used a Provincial edge bit for the task. Test your setup on scrap lumber before you make the actual cuts, and then form the molded shape on both edges of the prepared maple lumber.
With that done, move to your table saw and form a small saw kerf on both faces of the stock, just behind the molded edge. This will create a boss — a small raised section — on the back of the molding, which will fit into the dado on the leg.
Now rip the molding off of the lumber and apply the India ink as a dye.
Allow it to dry completely before you miter the molding to fit.