Poplar slab bench

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Project by TinWhiskers posted 12-11-2015 12:37 PM 1277 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first slab project. My first to go on public display in a waiting area of small local BBQ joint. 2’’ poplar slab with 4’’ thick legs. 90’’ long about 18’’ deep. My first use of boiled linseed oil. I like it. Would have been happy with 3 coats of spar varnish but didn’t get a satisfactory last coat till #6. Hope to deliever today. Pics of final resting spot at my FB site later.

Kim Edward Haubert

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#1 posted 12-11-2015 04:01 PM

Very nice. I would have never guessed that was poplar….......It doesn’t usually stain or finish up that nicely.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 12-12-2015 12:47 AM

Poplar never looked so good! Outstanding job. I’m a Spar fan as well as I think it adds some warmth/color to all woods.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 12-14-2015 12:41 AM

Ty for the comments. You guys talked so much about BLO I thought I would try it. Appreciate the education here. My previous experience was making Adirondack rockers and kayaks. On the kayaks I used spar varnish due to the sun exposure. I hear lots seem to use Poly. I’ll have to try that too.

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 11:13 PM

Nice job. I have some big maple slabs and am planning a similar project.

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