Rainbow Poplar Table / Desk

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Project by breadly posted 627 days ago 2754 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Local lumber shop had this rainbow poplar on sale – I couldn’t pass up the mineral streaks.

My sister had been shopping at the swedish furniture place for a cheap work surface so i talked her out of it and made this for her as a christmas gift. Hopefully she’ll like it.

I”m really happy with how it turned out. I had never made a table top before and i got to use my slick bench plane that wifey gave me for my birthday. This was also my first time using a Kreg jig. The skirt / legs are put together with pocket hole screws.

Sorry for the crummy cell phone pics…

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#1 posted 627 days ago

That’s a pretty unique top alright. How did you attach the top?

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#2 posted 627 days ago

Looks great. I’ve used small pieces of rainbow poplar before and liked it a lot.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#3 posted 627 days ago

I have a bunch of poplar like that. Absolutely love it. Great job of this.

-- 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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#4 posted 626 days ago

Nice! I really like the colors…

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#5 posted 626 days ago

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 626 days ago

The downside of poplar is that it’s rather soft and those colours will fade and go brownish, the upside is the new beauty as you’ve shown. One of my all time favourite woods. You’ve done a nice clean job on this and with a UV resistive finish it should look great decades after the Ikea stuff is on the curb. If you haven’t already, glue blocks on the inside corners will make a real difference to its life. Screws in poplar are not quite good enough over time.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 626 days ago

The top is just screwed on with oversized holes to allow it to move with time/temperature. I’ll look at gluing some leg blocks to keep the undercarriage sturdy.

Current finish is rub in satin Poly. Not sure how well that will protect the color…

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#8 posted 626 days ago

She’s lucky to receive this as a gift. You’re a good brother

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#9 posted 614 days ago

I like it! Nice and simplistic to show off the true beauty and design…

-- BD, where bad wood finds a home. Va

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