Poplar washstand

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Project by Catenary posted 11-05-2009 06:38 PM 1453 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A copy of an antique washstand in our kitchen, this was a wedding present for my niece and was my first attempt at turning. The wood was dyed with Analine dye (I tried making my own ferric acetate, but the color was not rich enough so I purchased powder from Highland Woodworkers) except for the inside of the drawer. I was a bit nervous about using poplar as a primary wood, but I think the result is acceptable. Blind dovetails were cut by hand. The finish is shellac with butchers wax.

-- David

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#1 posted 11-05-2009 06:48 PM

Shades of Grandmas’ house. Very nicely done

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#2 posted 11-05-2009 07:08 PM

Very nice. I really like the finish.

-- Greg Leighty

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#3 posted 11-05-2009 08:30 PM

This a very nice wash stand great job

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-05-2009 08:47 PM

David, this is a nice looking pieces of furniture. You are right that poplar can be a challenge to stain. In addition to blotching it also has a tendency to have greenish and other off color areas. It looks like you did a good job with the dye in getting a uniform color and you put a nice finish on it as well. Too many woodworkers think that poplar is only to be painted. But with a care and a little effort it can be stained/dyed and makes for a pretty wood, as you have shown with this piece.

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

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#5 posted 11-05-2009 09:33 PM

Very handsome piece of furniture. The poplar looks great and the finish is beautiful. You did a good job on turning the legs and the dovetails for the drawer.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 11-05-2009 10:05 PM

I love it. Very nicely done … Now I wanna make one.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 11-06-2009 01:43 AM

I like this. Turned out great.

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#8 posted 11-06-2009 02:33 AM

Your finish on poplar turned out real nice. What color analine dye? Uh, it wasn’t the color I used on my poplar table. I did have issues with trying to dye… but I’ll try again on another project

I like your hand cut blind dovetails… I need to try that. Don’t have a lathe so I can’t try the leg turnings that you did… very nice, again. And it just dawned on me that the drawer is at the bottom, not on top… interesting. I like it.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 11-06-2009 03:46 AM

Beautiful washstand. I really like the way you got the poplar to look like that.

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#10 posted 11-11-2009 07:10 AM

Nice washstand.

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