Green Poplar Pod Box

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Project by Durnik150 posted 06-15-2009 04:47 AM 3200 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a two pod version of the other pod box I did a couple months ago. I used Poplar as the wood since I knew I would be adding some color. Poplar is a solid wood but isn’t the prettiest stuff out there so I don’t use it all that often. I used an 8/4×6 board cut into four pieces and laminated into a block.

The cut-out portion of the design behind the lower pod and below the upper pod is really hard to get to when sanding. In future attempts at this design I think I will make these openings a little bigger so I can get my thick old fingers in there for sanding. I ended up using a sanpaper wrapped dowell to get in there but it still isn’t quite as sanded as the more accessible areas.

I used two coats of green gel stain and then proceeded with a couple of coats of thinned semi-gloss poly. I didn’t really want to go super shiny. I thought this piece was a little whimsical based on the design and the color. I didn’t want it to appear too cartoonish by making the finish look plastic.

The dimesnions are 9” tall, 5” wide, and 4 1/2” deep. I lined the drawers with bright red flocking fibers. The end result made it look kind of like a watermelon! Oh well. The pulls are from maple with a mahogany stain. They look very brown next to the green body.

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 06-15-2009 04:55 AM

Another nice one. You’ve gott’er down pat:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 06-15-2009 05:05 AM

Nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 06-15-2009 05:14 AM

Y’know – my favorite part about this box is that the kerf is part of the design – so you don’t really see the kerf. I’ve been trying to do some design which takes that in to account…we’ll see if it works.

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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#4 posted 06-15-2009 06:14 AM

Poplar really makes it pop good job

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#5 posted 06-15-2009 06:47 AM

Nice tight curves.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 06-15-2009 07:02 AM

Like peas in a pod, very nice looking, and very unique in color for it.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 06-15-2009 08:54 AM

Sanding hint: When required to sand in confined spaces use something like a steel or plastic ruler and attach the paper. Better still, find the electric carving knife and attach paper to the blade, it helps to dull or remove the serated edge!

Hope this helps?

Tony Ward

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#8 posted 06-15-2009 10:19 AM

Thanks Tony! That helps a bunch. I had thought about running some sort of band or sanding belt through there but I would still have an issue of getting the pressure in the right place. The rulers are great. We have an electric carving knife but I think I’d get busted sneaking it out of the kitchen.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#9 posted 06-15-2009 12:30 PM

Nice box, I really like the contrasting colors. All those curves makes my wife blush.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 06-15-2009 12:58 PM

Nice work, colors look good together.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#11 posted 06-15-2009 01:05 PM

For really tight spaces, I also use a shim with sandpaper on the thinner end…and the thicker end when it fits. That is a beautiful box! I agree with Maxx on the kerf – looks like it is really part of the design.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#12 posted 06-15-2009 01:58 PM

Really like this box and I liked your comment about getting busted if you tried sneaking out the electric carving knife. I tried that once when I was putting some edge veneer on a couple plywood shelves and I “borrowed” my wife’s Iron….....Cost me dearly! Got busted AND had to buy her a new Iron of her choice. I still have the old Iron in the shop though.

-- John @

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#13 posted 06-15-2009 03:26 PM

Very cool! Love the color.

-- Larry , Colorado

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#14 posted 06-15-2009 07:17 PM

that is cool!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 06-15-2009 11:38 PM

That’s really cool looking, good job!

-- Harry --- Never Give Up, Never Surrender,

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