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Project by cz29 posted 01-13-2008 05:55 AM 1369 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my second attempt at woodworking. I made this from yellow poplar in my kitchen, with almost no power tools. I recently bought some more tools, as well as a portable workbench (no more sitting cross legged on the floor while working!). I’m now planning to build a bookshelf, where I plan to use more involved joinery.

As for this piece, any suggestions on finishing? the rest of the furniture in the room is dark wood, but I’m afraid if I stain this to match that the wood grain might get lost.

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#1 posted 01-13-2008 05:59 AM

Looks good cz… Poplar takes paint well if you want to blend with the other cabinetry. Other then that I have never really used Poplar as a primary would in a project.

Maybe a Poly / Oil blend?

Anyone else???

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 01-13-2008 06:07 AM

Poplar I would paint. Like Chris I have never used poplar as a primary wood.

Look good.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-13-2008 07:53 AM

CZ, may I suggest a natural stain with a couple of coats of poly ( maybe a honey pine ) semi gloss. Let us know what you end up doing. I myself would like to see the end result. Good luck.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 01-13-2008 07:55 AM

Nice project. As for the Poplar, it is a decent wood, but better suited for paint than stain.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 01-13-2008 11:25 AM

Very good first effort. Keep cranking it out.

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#6 posted 01-13-2008 02:50 PM

Poplar is beautiful wood. I have no idea re: stain/paint so can’t help you there.

Impressive job.

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#7 posted 01-13-2008 04:55 PM

Very nice, and clean lines. You should add a couple more pics. Nice work.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 01-13-2008 06:06 PM

Maybe a danish stain and some wipe on poly. mike

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#9 posted 01-13-2008 09:41 PM

Looks good just as it is. Maybe a clear satin finish?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#10 posted 01-14-2008 05:11 AM

take some left over scraps and experiment . personally i like clearcoated poplar . nice job !

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#11 posted 01-14-2008 05:41 AM

If you built that table w/o any power tools you are definitely in the right place. Glad to have you aboard.

When I finished the basement I put in poplar doors and trim. Despite advice that poplar was not suitable for staining I went ahead and put an oil stain on them anyway because I refuse to paint wood unless I simply have no other option. There was some blotching on the doors but this simply adds character to the piece. But some areas if the doors came out a shade of green which I learned later is normal with poplar. I was somewhat disappointed but too stubborn to quit. I put them up anyway but to my surprise as the doors aged the green color disappeared and there is no difference between any of the wood colors now.

Hope this helps.

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