Crib of dyed poplar

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Project by cgm_md posted 08-27-2014 06:48 PM 3006 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this with my father in law over the course of about a month as my first son was just recently born. The entire structure is made of poplar. Joinery for the rails is mortise and tenon. Dowels and large lag screws attach the four sides (so it can be disassembled). The back is poplar plywood with my first attempt at bent lamination.

Finish is Charles Neil prestain + 30:1 dark walnut transtint dye (sprayed) + several coats of satin lacquer (sprayed).

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 07:31 PM

Wow, you made that poplar look like a million bucks. Nice job. Congratulations on your son, and welcome to the club! I have a 2 year old girl and a 3 month old son, and there’s never a dull moment.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 08:31 PM

Always looking for crib ideas… When we’re expecting our first I want my wife to have lots of inspiration! I’ll be favoriting yours. Great job!

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#3 posted 08-28-2014 01:20 AM

Congratulation on your new son. Excellent looking crib. Very nice work all around. I’m sure he will love it.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 08-28-2014 02:54 AM

Congratulations and nice work. Projects for the kids can be handed down for generations.

I recently completed a couple poplar projects. One had a similar color as yours. I used a mix of the dark walnut and medium brown TransTint and snuck up on the final color. When spraying the dye is there a benefit to using the conditioner?

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#5 posted 08-28-2014 09:57 PM

BBrown, I think you are right that the prestain is probably more important when brushing than spraying. I didn’t prestain the back of the crib, and it looked only slightly worse than the front of the plywood when stained. That said, applying the prestain before brushing is WAY more forgiving than without. I’d do it again with this project simply because poplar tends to be pretty blotchy.

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#6 posted 11-20-2014 02:48 AM

Looks impressive…

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