Poplar Bench

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Project by Pwilhelm posted 01-12-2021 01:05 PM 364 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years ago I wanted to try cutting dovetails in poplar slabs that a friend of mine cut out of trees from my property, so I planed one to about 1-3/4 and made a bench out of it.

About a year later I made one for my mom and one for my grandma and this Christmas I made one for my sister and her family, and after getting an X-carve this summer, this one has their last name carved in it.

After cutting the pieces to length and laying out the dovetail, I used my bandsaw to remove most of the material and then do final fitting with a chisel and sanding block. It is somewhat challenging using a bandsaw to try to cut accurate dovetails on a slab that is a foot wide and 4 1/2 feet long and an inch and three-quarter thick, and I had to modify my bandsaw table so I can get 15° of tilt in both directions.

Then of course, I stained it and added several coats of Minwax satin wipe on poly and delivered it to them for Christmas.

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#1 posted 01-12-2021 02:00 PM

Very nice. I like the the final color.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 01-12-2021 02:22 PM

Nice work. I imagine a lot of hand fitting those dovetails. Fun stuff.

-- Tom

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#3 posted 01-13-2021 04:45 AM

Great looking benches and the dovetails came out nicely. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#4 posted 01-14-2021 05:03 PM

Like the dovetails, awesome that you were able to harvest your own lumber.

-- Todd

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