Purple Poplar Flatware Box

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Project by TraylorPark posted 07-17-2017 02:44 PM 1783 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made to hold flatware. It’s made from a single poplar board that, as you can tell, is of the purple variety, although the board turned much darker and brown black from the time I brought it home. When I selected it, it was more purple with a fair amount of red. Anyway, the dimensions are 16” wide, 14” tall, and 12” deep. It has three drawers using cherry for the sides and back with a ply bottom lined with some silk padding. I mitered the corners to create the waterfall feature and even after a second miter cut, due to some cupping, the grain still matches pretty well. Finish is wiped on danish oil, then two coats of sprayed high gloss lacquer, polished with some paste wax with 0000 steel wool.

Thanks for looking, any comments, questions, or critiques always welcomed.

-- --Zach

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#1 posted 07-17-2017 03:41 PM

nice job i like the clean look.some regard poplar on the same level as pine but some can be quite beautiful as in this case.the grain matching is what really makes it shine.nice job on the dovetails also.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 07-17-2017 04:09 PM

I love purple poplar, and you did a great job of such a smooth and clean finish. Whenever I get poplar I always cut of the purple pieces and have been collecting them to make a project, nice job! Did you sand at all before putting the paste?

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#3 posted 07-17-2017 07:45 PM

This box is so beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 07-17-2017 11:39 PM

Very beautiful, it also looks very ’’exotic’’ you just made me discover something , Thank you for showing.

-- andrek

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#5 posted 07-18-2017 02:23 AM

I like how you gradually toned up the drawers. Very nice…I wonder why popular gets so much bad press…it really is a nice machineable wood.

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#6 posted 07-18-2017 12:51 PM

Thanks all for the kind words. I use poplar occasionally, but just couldn’t pass on this board when I saw it on the rack. It does machine nice and with sharp tools the tear out is minimized with hand work.

Did you sand at all before putting the paste?
- Apjow

I did not sand before the paste wax. Surprisingly my spray finish was pretty darn smooth so I buffed with some steel wool then applied the wax like a french polish with the wax inside the rag squeezing it to extrude the wax. The humidity did delay the wax drying a couple of days before I could then polish it again with the steel wool.

-- --Zach

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#7 posted 07-18-2017 03:53 PM

Nice box! Purple Poplar looks awesome, even more beautiful than wlanut.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 08-26-2017 06:26 PM

Really nice work thanks for sharing this.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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