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Project by Packman posted 02-24-2008 03:26 PM 2223 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished Armoire …. dark mahogany finish. We’re very pleased with the finish and project overall. It fits well in the corner of our great room. Just hope I never have to move … it’s a very heavy piece and the overall width with crown at the top will require some special acrobatics to get out of one of our doors.

-- Handcrafted by RJ Paquin - Yooper

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#1 posted 02-24-2008 04:17 PM

looks great. Sure is nice to hide the TV when you have guests.

-- making sawdust....

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#2 posted 02-24-2008 05:12 PM

I like the way the top is designed….really makes the piece look massive.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-24-2008 05:14 PM

it’s beautiful. Love those doors.

ewwww moving it… yah I can hear the cursing and feel the pinched fingers!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 02-24-2008 05:15 PM

Very nice! I like the way the doors hide away.

I notice that you have “Wood Works” on the TV.

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

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#5 posted 02-24-2008 05:17 PM


This is really nice looking piece of furniture. I like the finish on it as well. So many woodworkers see painting as the only option for poplar but it will take stain well if you are careful and prepare the wood for staining. But I really don’t see any difference between poplar and pine with regards to applying stains.

Did you have any issues with the staining process?

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-24-2008 06:48 PM

Wow, that is poplar? Looks great! I had no idea that poplar would come out looking like that. Great style and finish

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#7 posted 02-24-2008 07:15 PM

Nice all the way around. Poplar looks good with that stain and finish quality. Excellent. A+

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

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#8 posted 02-24-2008 09:05 PM

Stain Poplar? Wow, already learned something new. Great piece and I love the show your watching!! Woodworks is a fantastic.

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#9 posted 02-24-2008 10:48 PM

I never would have guessed poplar either. Fantastic finish (and design).

-- Still learning everything

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#10 posted 02-25-2008 01:27 PM

Good job. What kind of wood did you use, I also like the Hideaway doors I used them on one of my projects they work great. Also, I like the channel you had on the TV(nice touch).

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#11 posted 09-18-2009 06:25 PM

Isn’t poplar one of those species that really benefits from pre-stain conditioner prior to stain … to even out the absorption?

Beautiful work. Has a great richness, elegance, and warmth to it. Nothing’s too good for housing the Tube :-)

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 09-19-2009 12:21 AM

I use MinWax products …. with Poplar you have to be very careful with glue and sanding. Using a pre-stain conditioner is a “must”.


-- Handcrafted by RJ Paquin - Yooper

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#13 posted 03-18-2017 06:46 PM

Nicely done. MinWax stain on poplar. Pre-stain conditioner was over-the-counter MinWax also? Great job… You have built up a nice experience skillset. Your project is not accidental drive-by success. Congratulations…

-- --- Happy Howie

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#14 posted 12-04-2017 02:18 PM

RJ, this is a outstanding armoire and is done so beautifully. It displays a lot of nice details and fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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