Poplar Wooden Bench

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Project by dadefreese posted 06-13-2011 01:53 AM 1792 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bench for my 13yo son for his birthday. He was torn between and blanket chest and a bench and settled on this idea. It matches some of his rustic and Arts and Craft / Mission furniture. Surprisingly, it’s plain old poplar stained with Bombay Mahogany stain/poly with several coats of spray on poly. The bench top came from a spalted, curly grained 1×10 of poplar and by good fortune, the aprons and stretchers also had some curly figure. I was tempted to drill and plug the tenons in the aprons and stretchers, but the sparse detail grew on me so I skipped that step. I think I could have used conditioner to even out some of the tone but such is life. I added 1/2” copper piping for the shelf partly for kicks.

Anyway, I hope it serves my son well into the future. I can only hope.

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#1 posted 06-13-2011 04:01 AM

Beautiful bench! The stain is great.

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#2 posted 06-13-2011 04:35 AM

real nice job on the popular , i always have trouble with finishing popular . the last time i used a water stain and it was better . good job.

-- rick

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#3 posted 06-13-2011 01:58 PM

Great job – nice design and build!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 06-13-2011 08:42 PM

Really nice finish on the poplar. Overall a classy looking bench.

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#5 posted 08-06-2012 11:37 PM

Beautiful. Good Job!!

-- Abhijeet -- Auburn,AL

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