Poplar Coffee Table

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Project by Matt posted 05-29-2015 08:27 PM 2671 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor had cut down a poplar tree and asked if I’d like to use it for our coffee table. Using a chainsaw mill and a borrowed chainsaw I cut the log into slabs, keeping the natural edges and used a bit of anchor seal to mitigate checking on the ends while it air dried. Once dried, it was just a matter of jointing the edges of the middle pieces and trying not to ruin the natural edge on the outer pieces while they were being laminated together. In the meantime, I got to watch the colors of the poplar go from green and purple heartwood to tan and brown. (Not sure if that was due to oxidation or to UV). In any case, I used bent steel legs from and 10 coats of armorseal to give it a durable finish. It’s a bit glossy in the pics, but that has since been buffed down to a semi-gloss with abrasive pads. A very interesting project, and my first to go from tree to furniture!

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#1 posted 05-29-2015 08:50 PM

Now that’s cool. Well done Matt.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 12:21 AM

Very cool dude. Didn’t need bow ties in this one? I have thought those were cool touches to your other projects.

-- Travis, Virginia,

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#3 posted 06-03-2015 12:50 AM

There’s one bowtie on the table, but I didn’t get a picture of it at first; it’s on the underside of the table stabilizing a crack near the end.

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