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Project by bigogre posted 627 days ago 1668 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Seriously? Found this curly poplar board and I couldnt believe it. paired it with some black streaked poplar and cut the keys from the some board as the lid. Pretty much built it as an “up yours” to the bad rap that poplar gets. It was a bit harder to get it to shine, but it was well worth it.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 627 days ago

Great work!

I routinely find really nice, rainbow hued poplar at my local Lowes – they discount it because nobody will buy it!

I use it for scrollworking as well as boxes. You are correct though – far too many “Serious” wood workers bad mouth poplar and I don’t know why either.

Keep up the good work!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 627 days ago

I personally like poplar and build just about everything with it.
I’m currently building a blanket chest out of solid poplar.
Nice build on the box,keep up the good work.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 627 days ago

I like it. I will have to start looking closer for poplar that has that kind of character.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 627 days ago

I have found that old poplar has a lot of character. Beautiful work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 627 days ago

Wow that’s an amazing box ,plus some spectacular poplar. poplar can be popular :))

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 627 days ago

Show off! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 627 days ago

Beautiful Poplar.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 627 days ago

That’s just bee-u-teee-ful

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 627 days ago

I’m surprised that multi-colored poplar gets discounted, as lots of it gets painted. I like it for prototyping, so I don’t normally pick it through at all.

That said, any wood has beautiful and not-so-hot examples. It’s nice to see this “weird” poplar made into something nice! I’ve never seen curly poplar, that’s cool…

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#10 posted 627 days ago

its soft for a lot of furniture, but certainly fine for boxes, face frames, or cabinetry/builtins

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#11 posted 627 days ago

Very nice looking box, I like poplar too but it dosn’t like me. Good work.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 626 days ago

I am a huge fan of poplar! all my coin aircraft carriers are made of poplar. Great work!

-- MonkeyMonk

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#13 posted 626 days ago

Love it! I love poplar as well, especially because I do mostly hand tool work. That lid looks great

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#14 posted 626 days ago

Bill, thanks for sticking up for the state tree. Beautiful design with nice proportions. Your photographic skills have taken a leap forward too. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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