Room Furniture Series. #6: well we're back on track

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 10-13-2008 04:35 AM 843 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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its been a long time since i posted about the armoire and dresser that i have been commissioned to build.we have been looking all over for good walnut and have not really been able to find any. upon contacting the specialty dealers we found that they were way out of our price range. so after my recent success in dying the poplar we are thinking that we are just going to settle for poplar and some good finishing techniques. won’t take away anything from the piece. i’m gonna have to get creative but i think that it will work out in the end! so in the next couple of weeks i should have the lumber and we’ll take it from there.

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#1 posted 10-13-2008 06:19 AM

That might be the way to go.

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#2 posted 10-13-2008 07:13 AM

Denny, if you haven’t ordered the poplar yet, you might try a harder wood that will take stain and stay in your price range. I’m not sure where you are from, but depending on your locale might be able to get birch, butternut, ash or hickory at reasonable prices. Just my 2ยข.

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#3 posted 10-13-2008 11:52 AM

Thanks for the update!


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#4 posted 10-13-2008 02:55 PM

ya we can get ash and hickory at reasonable prices. but i can get a pretty good finish on poplar with the spray guns and everything and we can get it for about 2 bucks a bf. the wide stuff too up to 16”.

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#5 posted 10-13-2008 09:23 PM

walnut runs about $6 a board foot over here… a little pricey for my wallet these days.
I can understand have to find alternatives.
you seem to have a good woodworker’s head already, so I’m sure your project will come out great.

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#6 posted 10-14-2008 06:52 PM

Hi Dennis;

After seeing your last finishing job, I think you’ll do just fine.

For the future you might want to keep i mind as Douglas mentioned, Butternut it is a great substitute for walnut, due to the grain similarities. I’m not sure of the price of it though.


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#7 posted 10-14-2008 09:37 PM

i think i will look at butternut. not sure of the price.

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#8 posted 11-22-2008 03:28 AM

I’d even go Soft Maple before I go with the Poplar.

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