Poplar... Art?

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Project by cstrang posted 10-15-2013 04:18 PM 1812 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had this piece of poplar at work and it was waiting to go through the chipper and be made into fire bricks because it had a few splits in it. I had to put a stop to that, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it But I knew I wanted it. When I got home I knew I couldn’t make a table out of it… I’m running out of places to put tables. Then I remembered I wanted something new for above the couch, I’m not much of a painter so making a beautiful painting to hang was out of the question, but I can hang a piece of wood on the wall lol. The piece used to have a lot more blue flowing through it but yours truly thought it would be a good idea to pop it through the planer to flatten it DOH! Now i have lots of pretty blue chips in my dust collector. It still retained some of its colour though. I added some ebony butterfly keys (correct me on that one guys, thats the only name I know for them, not sure if its right or not) to keep the cracks from spreading and to add a little bit more pop to the piece and presto wooden wall art, I guess haha.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 04:32 PM

Looks pretty wonderful to me! Congratulations, your and interior decorator now ;-)!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 04:32 PM

That’s cool idea
I did something like that yesterday when i was dissembling a pallet and i had a piece completely break apart on me so my initial thought was to trash it but then i thought why not keep a piece and hang it on the wall in the shop. It’s a great addition to shop.

-- Anthony--

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 04:43 PM

I love natural poplar. Great idea!

-- Todd

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 04:48 PM

That is really cool. Love the figure of the wood. Im thinking you may have a new career starting here, as a interior decorater!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 05:23 PM

Nice work. It looks better to me than a lot of other things they call art these days. The butterflies are sometimes referred to as ‘dovetail keys’.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 10-15-2013 06:36 PM

I think it’s a wonderful bit of wood and good for you for saving it and seeing it’s value. God, to think it would get burned! I’d be inclined to frame it. My first thought was a frame that was a bit larger with pegs holding it floating inside. Not sure what kind of wood would look OK, but it’s a thought.

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#7 posted 10-15-2013 06:54 PM

Nice save you have a great eye for seeing the beauty in the wood.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 10-15-2013 08:12 PM


-- You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture; just get people to stop reading them. -- Ray Bradbury

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#9 posted 10-15-2013 10:06 PM

Beautiful piece of wood and a great use.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 10-15-2013 10:36 PM

Rout out the back and put a clock in it! (Actually, I thought it WAS a clock at first)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 10-15-2013 10:39 PM

Great save CS.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 10-16-2013 12:17 AM

Great save of a beautiful piece of poplar! Would have been quite sad to see that one on the burn pile.

Also, I second Oldsaxon’s idea of framing it. Maybe something like walnut to really highlight the poplar, and pick up on the butterfly keys.

Then of course, you’ll have to light it properly, and…......., and…...... (Ok, going a little overboard now, but still think you should frame it!)

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 10-16-2013 02:35 AM

Thanks for the comments guys, I like the frame idea, something to ponder… maybe ill get a chance to get at it in between jobs.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#14 posted 10-16-2013 07:10 AM

Beautiful piece, and much better than going through the chipper. Nicely done.
What did you use for the finish?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 10-16-2013 11:56 AM

That is a beautiful board

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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