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Local lumber shop had this rainbow poplar on sale - I couldn't pass up the mineral streaks.

My sister had been shopping at the swedish furniture place for a cheap work surface so i talked her out of it and made this for her as a christmas gift. Hopefully she'll like it.

I"m really happy with how it turned out. I had never made a table top before and i got to use my slick bench plane that wifey gave me for my birthday. This was also my first time using a Kreg jig. The skirt / legs are put together with pocket hole screws.

Sorry for the crummy cell phone pics…

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That's a pretty unique top alright. How did you attach the top?
 

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Looks great. I've used small pieces of rainbow poplar before and liked it a lot.
 

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I have a bunch of poplar like that. Absolutely love it. Great job of this.
 

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Nice! I really like the colors…
 

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The downside of poplar is that it's rather soft and those colours will fade and go brownish, the upside is the new beauty as you've shown. One of my all time favourite woods. You've done a nice clean job on this and with a UV resistive finish it should look great decades after the Ikea stuff is on the curb. If you haven't already, glue blocks on the inside corners will make a real difference to its life. Screws in poplar are not quite good enough over time.
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The top is just screwed on with oversized holes to allow it to move with time/temperature. I'll look at gluing some leg blocks to keep the undercarriage sturdy.

Current finish is rub in satin Poly. Not sure how well that will protect the color…
 

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She's lucky to receive this as a gift. You're a good brother
 

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I like it! Nice and simplistic to show off the true beauty and design…
 
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