Poplar Kitchen #1: During the build

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 03-01-2008 04:14 AM 2195 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Poplar Kitchen series no next part

We built this project the first part of 2007. The house was built in the late 1800’s and is on the National Historical Registry. Its was kitchen, pantry, butlery and small office combined. The case’s were out of UV Maple with poplar frames and doors. All the drawers are dovetailed hard maple finished clear with Blum under mount slides. The crown was in three pieces, the reeded lower portion had X’s that were routed in with a jig. Pieces were then glued in and then carved over by hand. There was about a 100 or so of these. All doors and end panels received flat panels with a lip molds. All the small columns that you on the cabinets see were milled on the Legacy Ornamental mill. They were glued together in halves with craft paper between them and then seperated and attached to the cabinets. The following pictures were taken during the construction process.


Above is one of the base cabinets that went next to the range. There was two of these one each side.


Above is an upper cabinet that went in the butlery.


The far left cabinet above is an upper that went to the left of the range. The middle cabinet is an upper that seperated the kitchen and the pantry. The last cabinet is the sink base.


More uppers in the middle stages of construction.

Above is one of the uppers, almost complete.


This is the cabinet that seperated the kitchen form the pantry once again, notice it opens from two sides.

Next is the butlery bar base cabinet, its up side down getting ready to recieve columns.


And finally this is yours truly working on the crown that went on top of the range hood.


Next time around I’ll walk you through the finishing process. There was more hours in finish on this project than there was on the build. That almost never happens, you’ll see what I mean next time.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

5 comments so far

View Grant Davis's profile

Grant Davis

770 posts in 3908 days

#1 posted 03-01-2008 04:43 AM

I am anxiously awaiting the finishing portion of this blog. I have not had much luck with finishing poplar but maybe it is just me.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

View trifern's profile


8135 posts in 3766 days

#2 posted 03-01-2008 05:30 AM

I am also anxiously awaiting the finishing portion and the final install.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 3821 days

#3 posted 03-01-2008 05:47 AM


As always these pieces are in a class by themselves. I, too, am looking forward to seeing the finished pieces.

Poplar seems to me to be an odd choice for the work that you normally do. Is there a story behind this choice?

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View Karson's profile


35121 posts in 4400 days

#4 posted 03-01-2008 06:48 AM

Les thanks for the tour. Is this home in Witicha.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View Les Hastings's profile

Les Hastings

1305 posts in 3772 days

#5 posted 03-01-2008 02:34 PM

Karson, its in Kansas city, Mo.

Scott, We use poplar for painted kitchen, laundry rooms, offices, etc. We have for at least 20 years now. No particular reason I guess other than maybe material cost for a painted project.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics