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Spalted Poplar End Table

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Project by trippcasey posted 03-16-2013 08:55 PM 1050 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project using a mortise and tenon joint. I used spalted poplar and made through mortise and tenons on the runner. I consider it finished, just waiting on the glue to dry. I love the natural beauty of the wood. I also hand planed all of the wood, using my vintage Stanley #5 and #220. For a small table, I have a lot of man hours invested, including making a tenon jig that I need to tweak. Not bad though…for a blind squirrel. I learned a lot about the use of hand tools; files planes, and my dove tail and flush cut saw. I learned a lot about the need for precision, and patience. The last two are my biggest problems, especially having struggled with ADHD all of my life. It is very satisfying to see a finished project instead of many half done projects.

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 10:05 PM

Good job man !! Looks great

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 03-17-2013 04:02 AM

Thanks

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#3 posted 03-17-2013 08:26 AM

What a lovely project! I am happy you used hand tools. Most of the wood workers struggle for precision in the beginning. Experience has no substitute. Thanks for the nice pictures. Wish you all success in your future projects.

Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 03-17-2013 01:21 PM

Spalted poplar is one of my favorites. Great color. Good job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 03-17-2013 02:14 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 03-18-2013 01:33 AM

Well Monte, I wish I could send you some. We cut a poplar off my dads property that had been laying for a while and got a lot of spalted stock out of it. You’ll probably see a few more projects from me with it here soon (when time permits). I love poplar too. It is full of different colors and hues, and is amazing to watch as you open it up on a mill because you never know what you are going to get. My next project I am drawing out is a coffee table with some bookmarked spalted poplar. I just havent got the legs figured out yet. Nothing looks good on paper. I was told to check out some Nakashima inspired designs.

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