How to Make Moldings for Card Table with India Ink, Router and Table Saw
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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.

Cutting small moldings To start the molding plane a piece of maple to 1/2" thickness and use a profile cutting bit and a push block to cut the stock.

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.

Make the saw kerf on both faces of the molding on your table saw, just behind the molded edge.

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.

Rip the moldings Use a zero-clearance insert on your table saw to rip the moldings off the stock once you've made your kerf.

Now rip the molding off of the lumber and apply the India ink as a dye.

Ebonize the moldings with India Ink, then use the mitered edge to attach them to the table's legs.

Allow it to dry completely before you miter the molding to fit.

posted on October 1, 2010 by Ralph Bagnall
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