End Table Poplar

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Project by Randy M. posted 03-30-2015 03:54 PM 2129 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well my wife stated I had to make her a table and with certain measurements ? If I had to start over again would have maybe used some different wood and used little lighter stain but it turned out nice for her.

The top was my first attempt at miter joints on the top and used dowels which is the only part of the piece I could have rethought a little. The rest of the pieces were poplar cut to fit in the inset to show the grain of the wood.

The side of the table splines were hand cut with purple heart for extra strength 4 1/2 wide and 181/2, with the long side 4 1/2 by 24.

The bottom shelve is held by two supports between two of the legs.
The legs were cut in with my router using a 1/8” bit which was done on two of the outer edges of each leg. Yes that took some marking and rechecking…... They were also tapered in slightly with my tapering jig prior to routing the tops.

The final table is very sturdy and hope she likes it for mothers day when she sees the final outcome..

-- Do it with your heart in it.........

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#1 posted 03-30-2015 05:34 PM

What was your method for staining the poplar? Looks great!

-- Doug - Montgomery, Tx

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 05:44 PM

Poplar is not an easy wood to get a good finish on as it tends to blotch a lot. but looks like you got it pretty good.

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 05:48 PM

Well done. Very nice looking. I’ll repeat what Doug and Richard have said, and ask about the finish. Blotch control? Dye? Stain? We’d like to know, if it’s not a secret.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Randy M.

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 08:04 PM

I used some zinsser sanding sealer light coat and light sanded , then applied 2 coats of minwax stain. Finished with deft wood clear which used on my last project and really accents well

-- Do it with your heart in it.........

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#5 posted 03-30-2015 09:53 PM

Are you worried at all about expansion in the top since the banding closes it in on all sides? It’s a nice finish, especially for poplar, I’d hate to see cracks in it.

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#6 posted 03-30-2015 11:32 PM

Nice table and pretty for popular. I too would like to know more about the finish. Maybe do a tut on how you got such a pretty finish on the popular.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#7 posted 03-31-2015 12:14 AM

I too am wondering about expansion in the coming months. You do get damp there in GA during the summer.

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

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#8 posted 03-31-2015 12:57 AM

The table looks great. I like the splines and little flutes you routed into the legs. I think the wife will be very happy.

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#9 posted 03-31-2015 02:46 AM

That said I love your table.
Poplar IMHO is an underused and maligned lumber. You have brought its beauty to the forefront. You have solved the blotching problem and have created a beautiful piece of furniture. Nice work. I hope to see more of your creativity.

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

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David W

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#10 posted 03-31-2015 04:11 AM

I’m a sucker for nice looking furniture and that is one fine looking table.

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Randy M.

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#11 posted 03-31-2015 11:53 AM

Thanks for the input as it is hard to stand back and see what you could have done better. On the expansion yes another after thought but the top boards are glued to a fixed board underneath not seen to keep that minimized. But yes hopefully it wont be a problem.

-- Do it with your heart in it.........

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#12 posted 03-31-2015 03:15 PM

Looks good. Poplar is an easy wood to machine. I found that dark stains or dyes work best on poplar. The darker colors help hide the color variations in the wood.

-- Julian

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#13 posted 03-31-2015 04:02 PM

That is a great table ,you said you used Deft clear? Spray or brush? did you polish and wax it after? I am finishing my poplar table now with urethane and I am a little disappointed that the finish is not as slick as I wanted. The last one I polished with 0000 steel wool and minwax finishing wax.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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Randy M.

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#14 posted 04-01-2015 11:41 PM

Sorry just saw your comment yes deft clear brush on used about 3 coats. 220 sanded after first two and it took pretty good. Didn’t really have to wax it out but may little later..

-- Do it with your heart in it.........

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