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Just completed this table. Who says poplar can’t look good! Prestain,chestnut stain,50/50 poly first coat,two coats of poly.Built from a picture I found on the net.
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#1 posted 01-01-2011 06:16 PM
Great looking table.
Eric in Florida.
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#2 posted 01-01-2011 06:20 PM
Way to go Howie.That came out great !
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#3 posted 01-01-2011 06:24 PM
With the right finishing, poplar can look very good … nice work!
One of the mags (American Woodworker?) had an article on making poplar look like walnut. Haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve got two 6’ long by 11” pieces of 5/4 out in the shed that might give me a chance to see how that works.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"
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#4 posted 01-01-2011 06:32 PM
Nice table I like poplar…..................................Schloemoe
-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com
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#5 posted 01-01-2011 07:02 PM
yep. very nice color tone. nice project
-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net
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#6 posted 01-01-2011 07:38 PM
Great Lookin Table
-- Jim, Kentucky
#7 posted 01-01-2011 08:33 PM
Dane: I did a spice chest and used poplar,then stained it with walnut stain. I thought it came out looking like walnut(well maybe close <g>) Picture is on here somewhere.I have to comment that the picture of my table above looks like I have a light board on the right side. The flash did that, the finish is even all the way across.
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#8 posted 01-01-2011 08:56 PM
Nice table, Howie!
Is there a handle on the underside of the drawer, or have you just not put a pull on yet?
I’ve got a bit of poplar I’ll probably be experimenting with in attempting to mimic other species. You did well here.
-- 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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#9 posted 01-01-2011 09:25 PM
Great looking table Howie. The vertical slats on the side add a lot of character that a lot of these types of tables usually lack. Well done.
Gerry – I’m going to look online and see if I can find the article you are referring too. If you happen to run across it would you mind letting us know which magazine it’s from? I love walnut but the price makes it hard for me to use. Thanks!
-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN
#10 posted 01-01-2011 10:16 PM
Cheyenne—It was in the American Woodworker (Issue #150 October/November 2010).
That issue had a project (‘Little Table’) that some of us have built (I did mine in oak). A companion article detailed building that same project with poplar and finishing it to mimic walnut.
P.S. My version of the ‘Little Table’ ...
#11 posted 01-02-2011 01:07 AM
Jonathan: The drawer has a groove routed in the bottom for a finger hold you can’t see. The drawer also has stops inside so you can’t pill it all the way out(12”)Dane: I think the whole secret with poplar is using a prestain. I used Minwax but the Charles Neil product video looks really good. If you haven’t watched it, you might want to give it a look. I’ve said it before, he has a “good old boy” approach and I feel like I gain some knowledge everytime I watch one.(no, I don’t know him)
#12 posted 01-02-2011 02:03 AM
Howie—Actually, I have been using Charles Neil’s Blotch Control since he introduced it, and you are right … it can sure straighten out color and blotching problems.
Another nice thing about Charles … if you have a problem or a question, he responds petty good to emails and will work through it with you. It is valuable for me to be able to tap into that kind of expertise.
#13 posted 01-02-2011 04:14 AM
Thanks Gerry – I’ll have to dig that one up. I despise finishing due to a couple of bad results this past summer (the dresser & crib on my projects page) so I need to practice all of this stuff. I’ve heard a lot about Charles Neil but never looked much into it. I believe I’ll take yours and Howies advice and look into it.
#14 posted 01-02-2011 03:17 PM
Cheyenne..I know what it’s like to spend all the time on a project and then have the finish go south and it looks like the devil. I went to a couple of seminars at woodworking shows and talked to others and it has improved things immensely. One of the biggest problems people have (myself was included) was not enough prep(sanding)I go from 100 thru 220 most of the time and sometimes 320. It really makes the difference.
BTW, I graduated from Maplewood in 1964. Looked a lot better then than it does now.Have a great day.
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#15 posted 01-02-2011 06:02 PM
Thanks for reminding me of the fact you can male popular look good Howie. That is one fine looking table bud….
-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.
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