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Project by WoodJediNTraining posted 01-17-2011 04:10 AM 1797 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If any of you happen to read one of my Forum topics i posted last week…It talked about coming upon a find of wood on my way home one day, A woman was throwing out a queen size bed from made completely of wood… The wood was a poplar which I have very recently found out , is a very difficult wood to finish..

I didnt need a queen size bed, but i couldnt see the wood going to waste so i decided to take it home and build something with it…

Well I took a portion of the wood and decided to build a table. I also decided to use mortise and tenon joinery which is something I have never done..So it was going to be a first…. I decided on through tenons..As you will notice, I have not finished the table yet, Im still in a debate as to how and with what…. The table top was a nice bookmatched birch which I stained… Ultimately there is a 1/8th inch glass panel on the top of the table to protect the wood.. So this is one of my ” From Trash to Treasure” pieces..

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 04:15 AM

Try GF water based stain on Poplar. Oh yeah, on some scrap first.

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 04:40 AM

Gel stains work great on poplar. Especially, something with a reddish tint! Or, a deep, dark brown. They really make poplar look rich.

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 07:16 AM

I bought some Cherrywood Minwax Gel Stain…tested it on a sample piece…and it came out blotchy… I even pretreated the sample piece with Pre Stain Conditioner to prevent the blotchiness… But I will try again…lol..

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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