Poplar and Oak Toy Box

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Project by PsycJester posted 12-06-2012 10:23 PM 3149 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I figured I would post this one since I spent a good deal of time trying to determine how to finish it since I wanted the multi-color poplar to stand out. Hopefully the pictures can help someone else out.

It is a basic toy box that I built for my son. It is an oak case trimmed in multi-color poplar. The lid is also made with the multi-color poplar. Not the most distinguished choice of wood, but I wanted something unique for him. The oak is stained with General Finishes water based stain in espresso. The poplar was left its natural color. The entire project was sprayed (HVLP) with General Finishes high performance in semi-gloss. I’m hoping the UV stabilizers will slow the fading of the poplar colors. I used the soft down drop hinges from my local Rockler. I used two so it would close super slow lessening the chance of finger smashing. They really work great. If you ever decide to use them, be sure to locate the installation template online. It will save you a ton of time and frustration.

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 10:35 PM

I like it a lot. Its exceptional.

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 11:31 PM

Wow! What a fun looking project!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 12-07-2012 01:29 AM

Love old poplar like that. Grab it every time I get. Nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-07-2012 01:55 AM

I love poplar.
That looks great!

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#5 posted 12-07-2012 05:27 AM

Looking at the recent project posts, this one stuck out to me, I really like the look, haven’t ever seen anything quite like this.

-- Ted

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#6 posted 12-07-2012 01:38 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad to see others like it too.

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#7 posted 12-07-2012 01:45 PM

Oooo… love the lamination of various wood species for the top! Very nice!

-- -Sam

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#8 posted 12-07-2012 03:34 PM

beautiful, great job!

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