Poplar and Birch Bookcases

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Project by Bullet posted 12-05-2009 08:58 PM 1879 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a bookcase set I made for my kids’ books. It’s birch plywood with poplar trim. A neat trick I use for shelf holders is 1” setscrews. They hold really well and don’t fall out. Plus they’re really strong.

I got my first bandsaw so I was able to FINALLY make a curve.

I also resawed some old pieces of poplar for the door inserts. That was my first time gluing panels. I found that you can never have enough clamps! Even though thte panels were small, I needed to do them one at a time. Bu I think they turned out well.

-- Anything is possible when you have no idea what you're talking about.

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#1 posted 12-05-2009 10:34 PM

those look great. Well Done

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 12:37 AM

Nice looking bookcases.

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 03:21 AM

Very nice looking project, both the design and the execution. I think that poplar is one of the most underused and under appreciated woods that we have. It works well, finishes well and has some nice “surprise” colorings that appear in some pieces. Again, you did well.

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#4 posted 12-06-2009 03:33 AM

This is a super bookcase

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#5 posted 12-21-2009 09:21 PM

If you wouldn’t mind, could you post how you finished it? I am making a poplar magazine rack for a Christmas present and I am looking for a light finish for it.

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#6 posted 12-21-2009 10:37 PM

Hey SDVike,
Simple, simple finish. About four coats of wipe on semi-gloss poly. I just used Minwax oil based mixed 50-50 with mineral spirits and an old washcloth. Wipe it on and let it dry. I used a light sanding (220) after coats #1 and #2 and just a touch-up (320) on any rough spots after #3.

That’s how I finish all my projects. I like the look of JPP (just plain poly). I like to see the wood. Plus, I’m too lazy to use a stain.


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