Poplar Hutch

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Project by TechTeacher04 posted 165 days ago 927 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this hutch to increase the storage in my small kitchen. I missed all the parts including making the half lap beaded back. This was the first project out of the then new shop.

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Matt in Franklin

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#1 posted 165 days ago

nice work! I saw something very similar on the Woodsmith Shop on PBS.

Is this piece unfinished, or did you simply put some poly on the bare wood?

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#2 posted 165 days ago

simple, straight forward and useful – nice job

-- Dick, Ohio

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#3 posted 165 days ago

I saw an article in Woodsmith about using Gel stain on poplar. I made some test pieces and hated the results. So I decided to finish it with semi-gloss oil based poly. My kitchen cabinets are hickory and the floors are oak, so the poplar lightens the look and maple was out of my budget when we bought the house.

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#4 posted 165 days ago

It’s a nice clean piece and looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 165 days ago

Very nice clean work. Good job.

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#6 posted 165 days ago

Excellent piece of furniture. Poplar is some fine looking wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 165 days ago

Many poo-poo Poplar, I think it looks great. Your hutch is a shining example of fine WWing using poplar.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 164 days ago

Thank you, Poplar has a stigma for being cheap. I viewed it as frugal function and a new challenge for joinery and processes I had not tried before. Mistake cost less. The color is very warm and tool edges last longer in the softer woods too.

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#9 posted 164 days ago

Looks great!! Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Matt in Franklin

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#10 posted 164 days ago

One nice thing is that, except for a couple of boards in the back of the cabinet, you were able to use clean clear poplar. I like using poplar, but it’s hard to finish it natural because so many boards have dark streaks of heartwood and are usually greenish in color which I dont like in comparison to the cleanness of the sapwood.

If you like that sort of thing, that’s cool. But I’d want the boards to be like yours, clean and clear with good grain definition.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#11 posted 158 days ago

It’s beautiful and well crafted. Great design, lots of storage and like the clean lines and finish. Well done!

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