Poplar and oak bedside table

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Project by AgentSkwerl posted 03-18-2012 04:06 AM 2455 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first piece of furniture I have made in a long time. I needed a bedside table that was big enough to hold a laptop, cell phone, etc. Most of the table is made of poplar, with oak legs. I don’t have a tablesaw at the moment, so I made the table with just a miter saw and a Bosch router/table. I used the shims provided with the router table to do the jointing. It worked surprisingly well. Overall, I’m please with the outcome. I can’t wait to get my table saw.

-- Chris, Cary NC

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#1 posted 03-18-2012 04:21 AM

Very nicely done!

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#2 posted 03-18-2012 08:08 AM

Very elegant… I love the workmanship style, congrats….

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#3 posted 03-18-2012 02:47 PM

Nice table, cool avitar

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 03-18-2012 03:45 PM

Nice combination of woods . Rare to see Poplar used without being painted or as drawer boxes. I like all of the color variations Mother Nature makes in Poplar : ) How about a well lit picture of the Oak legs ?

ditto on the avatar : )

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#5 posted 03-18-2012 03:54 PM

Very nice!

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#6 posted 03-18-2012 04:26 PM


I really like the look of poplar with a gloss coat. The grain has a lot of depth. I actually used pine for the drawer boxes. I forgot to mention that in the description. I’m trying to get a good picture of the legs, but the lighting in the house isn’t cooperating. They are just oak with a 1/2 round over. Unfortunately, one of the pieces of oak has warped a tiny bit since I built this. If I did it again, I’d taper the legs on a table saw.

-- Chris, Cary NC

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#7 posted 03-18-2012 05:07 PM

Nice looking table. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 03-18-2012 05:10 PM

Great creation, I like wood grain as part of a piece. All woods deserve recognition! To bad they don’t cooperate? I have some 2×4’s that look like a bow! LOL sorry about the warpage.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 03-18-2012 06:58 PM

simple and elegant,nicely done.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#10 posted 03-19-2012 12:36 AM

Beautiful furniture!

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#11 posted 03-19-2012 02:57 AM

That came out nice, it’s amazing what we can do even if we dint have the ideal tools for every project.
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-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#12 posted 03-19-2012 08:08 PM

Very nice!! Like the color contrast.

What did you use for finish?

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#13 posted 03-19-2012 08:34 PM

It’s 5 coats of Minwax gloss polyurethane, with some serious sanding in between. The grain on the top really started to swell up after the first 2 coats

-- Chris, Cary NC

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