My Very First Furniture Project

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Project by bobmcw posted 12-02-2011 03:01 AM 1537 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built the box part of this, some 25 years ago. Moved it from house to house and it was constantly in our way. My wife had a lot of good laughs about this “project” over the years. Well I finally got around to making the top, the skirt boards and bottom.

It is made of poplar and with the exception of a few small pieces of wood, it was made from rough stock that I planed, joined and squared. The sides, front and back are connected with haunched, blind running tongues and grooves. I didn’t use any plans and built it on the fly, using my own sense of scale and proportion (I often wondered why I did this) I used General Finishes, Candlelight oil based stain and topped it with wipe-on poly. The brass is from Horton.

I know that poplar is looked down upon by many woodworkers but I found it fun to work, stain and finish. Amazingly in all its years in an unheated garage and basement, it only moved 1/16th out of square.

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 03:07 AM

Actually, I think many have GOOD things to say about poplar. I know I do.

While it may HAVE taken you 25 years to post this … I’m glad you did ;-) Beautiful piece !

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#2 posted 12-02-2011 03:33 AM

Great Lookin Job

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 04:11 AM

Thanks for waiting 25 years. If you had finished it back in 1990 it would have been before LumberJocks and we would have missed out. The finish looks really great.

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#4 posted 12-02-2011 04:28 AM

You did a really good job on that finish.

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#5 posted 12-02-2011 07:10 PM

You did a very good job, the piece turned out beautifully.

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#6 posted 12-03-2011 02:10 AM

Good looking project.Nice finishing.
I build a lot of things out of poplar. I think it is very underrated.

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#7 posted 12-03-2011 03:33 AM

I bet that feels good.

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#8 posted 12-03-2011 06:55 PM

Looks really nice. Bet your wife is happy that you have it finished!!

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#9 posted 12-03-2011 07:06 PM

Really nice job. Great finish too! I would have never guessed it was Poplar. I agree that Poplar is a nice wood to work with.

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