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My client wanted 2 small side tables in a contemporary style. Since the house already had some triangular elements, I thought it well to repeat the shape in the tables. The extra shelf not only serves a structural purpose but also allows space for a magazine or two. Credit for the original design must go to Richard Judd.
Another variety, Populus canescens or Grey Polar, can yield some incredible ripple in the grain.

The little tables were done in Poplar. The legs were ebonized with the vinegar/steel wool concoction. I should maybe mention that the Poplar used is not the same species as the American Poplar. This one is known over here as Match Poplar. The Latin name is Populus deltoides. It is not an indigenous tree; I think it originally comes from Europe. In the area where I live, these trees are common along the watercourses and I have harvested many for my sawmill.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 09:18 PM

Now Now Div. there isn´t any resen for you to be trisectionheaded just becourse you
had to deal with a little MDF the other day
we are still here to soport you and this table ain´t bad and tommorow I´m sure
you will find the last leg before delivery to the costummer
I like the woodcombination and when you have found the legg
you can say well done and make a A+ in your book

best thoughts

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#2 posted 08-09-2010 09:19 PM

I like that wood much better than the common Tulip Poplar like we see mostly around the SE US. It is a pretty generic type of wood and generally is not all that interesting.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 08-09-2010 09:28 PM

Looking good Div. I really like the design and the choice of woods. No need to gloat on the nice poplar just because ours sucks,LOL.

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#4 posted 08-09-2010 09:39 PM

Dennis, ha,ha! Actually I didn’t have enough wood to make a 4 leg table. Don’t tell anyone! That frigging MDF thing is still standing in my shop. :^(
Doc, I know your Tulip Polar well, worked in Maryland for a year and had dealings with it.
wseand, thanks bro. Have to gloat on something, you have all the walnut and the spalted maple and the bird’s eye maple and the burls and the biggest chainsaws and, and, and….;^)
Maybe I should start a gloat on some African woods….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 08-09-2010 09:39 PM

Neat design. The triangular form has a lot to recommend it. Thanks for posting

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 08-09-2010 09:39 PM

Thats a elegant little table, like a ballerina on her feet.
I love when the craftsman incorporate the details of the house, or reverse.
It shows a extra insight, that the table was made for a purpose, not just to show off.
You are the man,
best thoughts, and a compliment,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 08-09-2010 10:29 PM

very very nice little light tables

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#8 posted 08-09-2010 11:26 PM

I like it! Your design is awesome.
Thats a really nice piece.
Thanks for sharing it.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 04:39 AM

I missed the ebonized part that came out looking great. Who knows what I was thinking. We won’t talk about the African woods, it’s just not fair.

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#10 posted 08-10-2010 05:48 AM

Pretty and dainty. I always like three legged furniture. Never any wobbling on an uneven floor!

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#11 posted 08-10-2010 11:39 AM

Div you amaze me, your work is outstanding once again.
The design and choice of woods are excellent.
The workmanship is magnificent.
If I should ever be in your area I am definitely going to come and visit.

Thanks for sharing your amazing work Div.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#12 posted 08-10-2010 11:16 PM

Thanks for the compliments, all of you.

Cher, if you don’t, you will be in big trouble! ;^)

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#13 posted 08-16-2010 01:07 PM

Very nice table Div. Like Mads said, it’s really a plus when you can build things that fit well with the place they will be used. Personally I like poplar or ‘poppel’ as we call it here. I just cut some out of a couple of pallets that came with my firewood delivery. I didn’t get much from them, but now I can at least make a box or something small with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 08-16-2010 08:46 PM

Thanks Mike! Yes, Poplar can have some amazing figure, depending on the species. Some of it carves nicely too.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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