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Project by JayG46 posted 319 days ago 1607 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started making this set about two months ago but it was one of those projects that got pushed aside and forgotten about because there was no hard deadline for it. It could be classified as Shaker style I suppose, but the idea behind it was to make it relatively simple and plain in design and let the wood do the talking. The tops are rainbow poplar, the skirts are plain poplar and purpleheart was used for the legs, breadboards and center pieces of the tops.

For my money, I think rainbow poplar is the cheapest nicely figured wood there is. It generally doesn’t cost must more than regular poplar and it can have downright gorgeous colors and contrasts that you would be hard-pressed to find from exotics that cost 10 or 20 times as much. It’s generally easy to work and tends to be free of a lot of the stress that harder woods have.

Of course, poplar has its drawbacks. Since it’s not particularly hard, it doesn’t have the same strength that maple, oak or basically any other true hardwood. I tried to work around this by putting 5 coats of epoxy on the tops to protect it from the everyday abuse that these are likely to receive. Additionally, by using purple heart for the legs and breadboards, I hoped to reinforce the structure of it a bit.

The joinery was done mostly with a Festool Domino, with the tops being attached to the bases with pocket screws I tapered the legs on the bandsaw with some finishing touches on the jointer and table saw.

The end tables are straightforward but I added a few features to the coffee table. It has two drawers and a small compartment in between them that can be accessed by reaching under the table. It wasn’t part of the design, but it bothered me to have that wasted space. It could be a place to keep remotes that aren’t used regularly or weapons or drug paraphernalia. Whatever tickles your fancy.

As always, thanks for checking it out.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi





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majuvla

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#1 posted 319 days ago

OUTSTANDING TABLES, BEUATIFUL TOP COLOUR

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 319 days ago

Love them, great color and lines. Really looks nice in the room… You nailed it….

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

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justoneofme

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#3 posted 319 days ago

Wow, but that’s gorgeous looking Poplar … and most beautiful accents for your home Jay!! Well done!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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Jokker78

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#4 posted 319 days ago

Is the eagle your trade mark?

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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JayG46

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#5 posted 319 days ago

Thanks for the kind words, folks.

Jokker, yes that’s my logo. It’s a bird called a swallow-tailed kite that we have here in Florida from February to August. I got a custom branding iron made and try to put it on most of the stuff I make.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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palaswood

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#6 posted 319 days ago

Amazing. Im loving poplar more and more these days, and what an incredible usage of this fine wood.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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Jokker78

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#7 posted 319 days ago

Your tables look great .. I like the wood . Ive never seen any before .
Where did you get the brand made

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 319 days ago

great job, beautiful wood.

-- 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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JayG46

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#9 posted 319 days ago

Jokker – I got the brand at http://www.branding-irons.biz/

I had the logo already designed and sent it over to Terry in a .pdf file, there was a little back and forth on the size and that was about it. I opted for the $50 rush delivery (because I’m impatient) and it shipped two days after I finalized the order. I think it cost $230 total. It’s obviously not a necessity, but it’s pretty cool and I’m happy I did it.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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Jokker78

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#10 posted 319 days ago

what do you use to heat it up ?

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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JayG46

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#11 posted 319 days ago

I picked the option with the electric heating element, which was $80 more. It takes 15-20 minutes to heat up. Otherwise, you have to use a blowtorch or open flame of some sort.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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Jokker78

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#12 posted 319 days ago

ok cool deal I might have to get me one

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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Fishinbo

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#13 posted 316 days ago

Gorgeous tables! The wood combo is really attractive and the finish is flawless. They look great in your living room. Excellent work!

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 316 days ago

These look great. It’s a very nice set of tables.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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