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  1. Folks, I have some nice poplar boards, and I am going to make another vanity with the boards, for another bathroom in our home. The entire vanity will be poplar, the outside will be painted a cream white or off white, and the inside will be varnished. The poplar I have has those wonderful dark green and dark streaks, I have heard that poplar colors will bleed through most paints, what can I do to prevent the bleed through, or is what I have heard and read a myth? Thanks!
  2. OK, rehabs are done for now.....have a small stack of thin Poplar boards... Hiding in a corner for a reason? Mainly 1/2" thick 1x8s and 1x10s,with a couple 4/4 slabs thrown in. Why are they hiding? Because there is this stack of Cherry.. Lots of 4/4 x 6 and 4/4 x 8......Some of them are 6/4 pieces.. Some of the shorter stuff is 14"+ wide Single Brain Cell Sketch Up will be working overtime.....on this stash from Charles Neil at the Shindig' scrap pile. Might take a while..stay tuned for updates...
  3. Today was the day to go do a little lumber shopping. I had a lady call me about these logs that were stacked close to her house and she wanted them gone. He husband had cut them and stacked them and she had no idea what it was and he had passed away. So I told her I would be happy to get them out of her way. She said come and get it. So this is how I shop for lumber. Much easier to put them on the trailer this way and easy to handle. After they were loaded I headed to the saw mill and let them unload them. He will call when me when they are ready to cut. I had him to cut them 5/4's. It will run .20/BF. Hard to beat those prices and it is nice to have friends with big equipment. So now I am back home and cleaning up the shop.
  4. From the album Box for a Stanley 45

    Front view, showing the fancy grain. Handcut finger joints. A copy (as best as I can) of the box Stanley made for their No.45 combo plane. Old box is now a shelf sitter, due to all the breakage done by the uSPS..
  5. Gaps filled and sanded, Witch's Brew brushed on Racing stripe showed up AFTER the finish went on...figures Back is a bit plain looking... Top was a glue upof two boards. Tried to match the grain... Been trying to match the old box, I think I might be close? Needs a rub out tomorrow, then a top coat. All this work, just to store a Stanley No.45.... All there, even the 22 cutters I got with it. Missing the two match cutters, and a depth stop for the slitter, is about all.
  6. I finished a project yesterday for a customer. I can't tell you right now I know much about these, but he is going to send me a picture when he gets them setup that might help. As I understand they are used to setup model train displays. A piece of foam is placed inside the frame and then the display is built on top but the section are made so they can be separated to move the display. Plans were for 4' sections but he was wanting 2' sections. So I made the modification and built two boxes out of poplar for his display. The boxes or displays had to be built so they could come apart but had to line up each time you put them together. I made a trip to Lowe's and got some 1/2" aluminum bar and found some 1/2'x5/8"x1" washers as they were called. I setup on the drill press to drill the holes in the same spot on each board using a 5/8" bit on one end and a 1/2" bit on the other end. I used epoxy to glue the pieces in place. The frame is made of 1" poplar and the corners are put together with pocket screws. Latches are added on the outside to hold the sections in place so they don't move while the display is setup. The pins and bushings were tight enough I don't think the latches were needed but they were on the plans so I put them on. I took a piece of the poplar and planed it down to 1/2" and made the corner feet that also hold the foam in place so it doesn't fall out when picked up. He was quite happy when he came by yesterday afternoon to pick them up. As I said earlier, I will post a picture showing them in used when he gets his display setup. He is doing a model train show in a couple of weeks and needed them. This was a fun project to work on
  7. Well, after looking at the box the Stanley 45 came in.....decided to shelve that box, and build a new one to house the 45 in. Picked up some 1/2" by 5-1/2" by 5' poplar. I used the "existing" box to mark out a few sizes. Square a line across, using a fancy marking knife. Clamped the plank in the end vise, and used a Craftsman "Special saw" to do the crosscuts. Then match the front and back and the two ends, clamp the pairs in the vise, and clean the ends with a plane. Laid out a few toys..er...TOOLS Couple of squares, a special chisel, a marking knife ( that curly thing) a marking gauge, and a pencil. Marking knife was used with a square to do the crosscuts. The marking gauge was to mark the ends of each panel, set to the thickness of the board. Pencil is to mark over the knife lines so I can SEE them. The chisel? It set the spacing for a special joint Here you can see the marking gauge line, and the marks from the chisel. A small square to carry the lines round. The "X" is the waste parts. Waxed up an old saw, we had work to do... These are the front and back panels, might as well do them at the same time. LOT of saw work, hand was getting tired, too. Had to keep track of where the waste was. Then I repeated for the other end, but first, there was a bit of chisel work to do ( gave the hand a break, too) One at a time, until all the waste was chopped out. Doesn't take a whole lot, I didn't even have to flip them over. The end without a pin was simply sawn off. Chisel is the same one I set the spacing with. Well after the front and back were all chopped out on both ends, and the inside and top was marked on each part, then I cound work on the ends. One corner at a time, to save any cunfusion from starting. Once I got one marked out, chopped, and cleaned up, I could at least do a test fit.....after I marked up the insides so they would match.... Ok..one corner down, three to go. What you see here is both the box ( bottom 2/3s) and the lid. A couple of grooves to form a lip and seperate the two sections. need more grooves milled for both the top and bottom panels to be housed in. After that? Stay tuned,,,,,ain't even started to do any cussing...yet. BTW, I already did a straight cutter test run.....will need to use a skinny one next time....but shavings have been made with the 45! Just a simple, little box....
  8. From the album Table of Leftovers

    Looking at the side of this little table
  9. My latest project has been a weird one. My wife's cousin asked me if I would build a pair of dressers to hold laundry baskets. In lieu of conventional drawered dressers, she wanted two open faced dressers that she could use laundry baskets as drawers. I finished the first one today and it was the smaller one of the pair. It is 92" long, 32" tall and 21" deep. I used 3/4" cabinet grade poplar plywood and may the face from solid poplar. These will be sealed and painted but not by me. Yea!!! The next dresser is 92" x 47" X 21". Seems a bit top heavy to me but hey, that's what the customer wanted. The completed one is extremely heavy and I can't wait to see how much the big one weighs.
  10. Well, my last project is finished and installed and as you can see by the smiles, its new owner is quite please. My youngest grandson, Lewis (Lewie) needed a loft to better utilize his limited space in his bedroom. This is 2nd loft I've built but I made some radical changes to this one. Instead of putting the ladder on the side, I put it on the end. I also put bookcases at each end and built a desk with a pair of shelves to go under the loft. There are 116 board feet of poplar in this unit which was stained with a Jacobean stain (too dark for my liking but that's what mom wanted) and finished with a satin poly for durability. Total cost was only about $250.00 which was a small price to pay for one very happy grandson. For the record, I signed and dated the bottom of the bookcase on the ladder end. Its a secret so don't tell.
  11. From the album Blanket Chest

    A Toy Chest built with Poplar and Stay Open Hinges

    © John Moody

  12. From the album Jewelry Chests

    Simple jewelry chests made form poplar
  13. From the album Jewelry Chests

    Simple jewelry chests made form poplar
  14. From the album Jewelry Chests

    Simple jewelry chests made form poplar
  15. My daughter in law requested I build a boot bench for the grandsons. The bench is 50" long, 20" deep and 18" inches tall. The crates will provide a place to put boots. gloves and other winter clothing items. It is made from poplar and she is going to stain it and put a wash over the top of the stain. Next up is a matching wall rack to hang coats from.

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