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This toy box, legacy chest, hope chest is made from 4/4 “rainbow poplar.” It is an inexpensive and abundant wood available here in Tulsa. (maybe everywhere) It works easily and after it is finished seems very stable.

I pick through the wood stacks to find the pieces that look as if they will yield all of the colors that can make a project eye catching. Black, nearly white, full spectrum of greeens, and purple. I use a finish of 3 coats of clear poly.

This box is 22” x 22” x 32”. It has a full length piano hinge and 2 spring-loaded closure supports to protect little (and big) fingers.

Thanks for looking

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!





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majuvla

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#1 posted 1467 days ago

Well,that’s something!My projects looks bad beside yours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jonathan

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#2 posted 1467 days ago

The color range on poplar can be pretty amazing, as you’ve captured here.

Are the corners dovetailed, pinned, keyed? I can’t tell from the picture? Nice edge detail, and I like the panel sections as well.

If this were to be used as a toy chest, are there any air gaps anywhere in case a youngster crawls inside?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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ShopDogs

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#3 posted 1467 days ago

Actually, the edges are glued and screwed together. The countersunk holes are plugged with off-color poplar.

When it was finished, I was not sure if I really liked the effect. However, most of the comments have been positive
due to the playful nature of the box itself.

With regard to the breathing holes—actually, the whole lid rests on bumpers so there is a gap all the way around the lid. As a child, I was locked in various boxes by an older sister. So I understand the concerns. I think I will call her today and tell her that she traumatized me 50 years ago and I now want compensation.

Thanks

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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Jonathan

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#4 posted 1467 days ago

It is a larger project in poplar in its natural state, rather than stained, so maybe it threw you off at first?

Thanks for the answers to my questions. Guess I didn’t see the slight air gap from the bumpers since your picture is sort of a top quartering shot.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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DaddyZ

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#5 posted 1467 days ago

Very Nice !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Dalehurst

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#6 posted 1467 days ago

About 11 years ago when I was taking my first wood workers course, the instructor told me that poplar was not a good wood to work with and basically to pitch it in the wood stove.

Boy was he wrong!

Very nice!

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Blayne

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#7 posted 1467 days ago

Awesome build, ShopDogs! I live in Stillwater; where did you pick up that poplar?

-- Blayne -- Stillwater, OK

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schloemoe

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#8 posted 1467 days ago

Thats awesome poplar is a nice wood to work with its easy to mill and you stain it to make it resemble almost any wood.Nice build thanks for sharing….................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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Richard

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#9 posted 1467 days ago

Poplar has a boring color until you find those rich color tones. I like those rich deep greens and purples that the wood takes on (not sure what causes it) but I like it. These colors are rare but beutiful in poplar.

Nice job on your chest. I bet its light because you used poplar insted of ash, oak, hickory ect. I wish you had pictures of the inside. Good detailed work on the panels.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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spamfilterman

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#10 posted 1465 days ago

I second the question of where you find your ‘inexpensive’ wood here in Tulsa.

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#11 posted 179 days ago

very well done

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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