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  1. PostalTom

    Newest Bowl

    Here is my latest effort. This is the bowl that was in work when I posted the pictures of the curtain and dust trough on my lathe. Top and bottom are poplar, center is walnut. I wanted to try my hand at mixing species. I don't really like this one, the proportions look wrong to me. My son and DIL like it, so it's theirs now.
  2. PostalTom

    Bowl for my daughter

    Finally got back on my lathe. When my daughter saw this fruit bowl I had made for my wife, which I posted on back in October, she wanted something similar. This is what I came up with for her. It started out as four pieces of 8/4 poplar. I edge glued two pieces together, then edge glued the other two pieces together, then face glued those two chunks together to make a big blank. I wanted to try my hand at making a bowl that was pretty much at the maximum diameter allowed for my lathe. With that heavy of a blank, I was a little wary of it flying off the chuck. I screwed on a face plate and turned the bottom and the chuck mortise, then mounted it on the chuck, and turned the inside very gently until I had removed some of the weight. Finishing was a coat of Bullseye Sealcoat sanding sealer, followed by a coat of amber shellac, and then three coats of spray lacquer. I haven't given it to her yet; I hope she likes it. I turned it with a combination of Easy Wood Tools, and a traditional 3/8" bowl gouge I purchased from a gentleman on this site. This is my fourth bowl. Thanks for looking.
  3. steven newman

    A project in Poplar

    Ok, Vacay is over, time to make a bit of sawdust....maybe. Had a few Poplar boards sitting around, taking up space in the shop.. Not quite all the same sizes...little rough around the edges, too. Bandsaw to remove some of the excess stuff.. Will need a bit more done to these, to make something like this.. Maybe square the ends, thin board for a bottom panel....maybe some dovetails to connect things.... Yes, I do pins first. Just easier for me that way. I had to use the mitre box to square the ends, first. And a #4 plane to smooth the edges. Got out a few toys.. Er..tools. Some for lay out work, some to make sawdust and chips....went to get the shop stool ready to go... Picked it up from one spot, when I set it down, the welds on the legs broke...guess I need a new stool...for now, I have to work standing up....grrr Edges were jointed, before I went too far along...I think.. 1/4mile of wood means a 1/4 mile of plane, don't need those huge planes for this. As for saw work, when I sit down to saw.. I am looking straight ahead, and can follow the lines....when I am standing up, I have to lean over a bit, to see where I am cutting....which makes the saw lean as well...good thing I always cut leaving the lines. Meh....next two sets, I kept a thumb right beside the saw plate, keeping it from any leaning. Got both ends sawn, time to chop a bit I have a 2 x 6 Maple Chopping Block. Chop 1/2 way down, flip over, chop the rest....repeat for the other end. Managed to lay out saw and chop one more set of pins.....then lay out a fourth set.....legs were cramping up...about time to call it a day. Maybe tomorrow, I can get the fourth set done, then layout all the tails, and get those done. Then some grooves made, with the Stanley 45? Stay tuned, I might even try something different for this lid....
  4. PostalTom

    My latest effort

    This started out as a 8" x 8" x 2" piece of poplar. After that, the picture pretty much tell the story. It is intended for use as a fruit bowl, hence the green rim. That, by the way, didn't go as expected. I purchased a green paint pen from Hobby Lobby, intending to hold it against the rim with the lathe on its lowest speed, but the pen was the type that you have to keep depressing the nib on the end to pump the paint to the tip. That, of course, didn't work with the bowl turning, so I would up having to pump some paint to the tip, get it on the rim of the bowl, and actually "draw" it onto the rim, while periodically turning on the lathe to even out the application. It eventually worked OK, but next time I will figure out something different.
  5. John Morris

    Shaker Style Vanity (Poplar)

    Well, this has been quite the week for the ol Morris home! I had fully intended on finishing our Walnut Vanity, but we were informed an appraiser was going to come out this Tuesday to value our home for a VA refi. At first I had not thought of it, but it finally struck me, hey, if this guy is coming out to appraise, we should probably have our bathrooms fully functional. While the 1/4 bath downstairs with the Walnut Vanity is fully functional, the kids bathroom upstairs is not, it's still missing a vanity as well. I called the VA appraiser and asked him if the missing vanity would effect the value of our home, he stated maybe not, but the lender would not be too happy to see their investment missing parts of the home. So my wife and spent an hour discussing what she'd like in the kids bathroom, we ho hummed over the HD and Lowes vanity's, too expensive, they ran anywhere from 300 bucks on up, and we are not ready to spend that much right now, school is getting ready to start for our kids in a couple weeks, and we need to get school clothes still. So we talked about what she wanted, she wanted a white cabinet, and she liked the simplicity of shaker that I have been introducing into our home lately. So I told her, we can build a cabinet and paint it white! She loved it. So we got into high gear and I ran out yesterday and grabbed a stack of poplar from the lumber dealer, and came home and drew something up to get approval by my wife. Just a simple shaker cabinet, with the drawer proportions to be worked out still, she is deciding what she is going to put in the drawers. After I drew it up, and got approval from LOML, I started to cutting and joining the poplar boards to make the floor, and sides of the cabinet. I was not too concerned about grain matches etc, the cabinet will be painted on the outside, but I did want some grain symmetry for the floor of the cabinet, as the interior will be natural and varnished. This morning I was able to get the panels glued up and out of the clamps, squared up and cleaned up. They look pretty good. Over this next week, I'll come home from work and put a couple hours a night on the vanity, tomorrow I'll be cutting in the dado's and assembling the floor and sides. I called the appraiser and told him to hold off a week while I get this vanity wrapped up and installed. He agreed. So I have a week to get this wrapped up, painted, and installed, and functioning! Wish me luck!
  6. John Morris

    Painting Poplar

    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!
  7. steven newman

    Next Project?

    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...
  8. John Moody

    Shopping for lumber today!

    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.
  9. Ralph  Allen Jones

    Busy Day Ahead

    Good Morning Friends, Well it looks like I am starting the New Year off in a good fashion for today I have some Poplar coming in to make 150 foot of base trim and it will be nice to see an old friend again for it has been a while since our last encounter. I also already have three jobs on the floor left over from last year to start on as soon as I get the trim made. Have a good week everyone.
  10. steven newman

    front view

    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..
  11. 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.
  12. John Moody

    Model Train Boxes

    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
  13. steven newman

    Needed a simple little box

    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....
  14. steven newman


    From the album: Table of Leftovers

    Looking at the side of this little table
  15. Ron Dudelston

    Laundry Basket Dresser

    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.
  16. Ron Dudelston

    Lewie's Loft

    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.
  17. John Moody

    Poplar Toy Chest

    From the album: Blanket Chest

    A Toy Chest built with Poplar and Stay Open Hinges

    © John Moody

  18. From the album: Jewelry Chests

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

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

    Simple jewelry chests made form poplar
  21. Ron Dudelston

    Boot Bench

    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.
  22. John Moody

    TV-Speaker Stand

    Not a huge woodworking project, but something I worked in with a few others a while back. I just got some pictures today from the owner with it in place. They purchased a new powered sound bar for the flat screen TV but put a piece of glass on top of it and set the TV on top of that. It blocked the ventilation holes and the speaker was getting hot. So I was ask to put together something to give some air space around it and the TV sit on that blended in. Using some Poplar I made a very basic shelf. It has a rabbit in the sides for the top to sit down into and would be painted black. I was going to leave a little lip on the top but later decided to make it all flat so I sanded it smooth. It got a couple of coats of spray primer and was sanded smooth. Then the Semi-Gloss black was sprayed on. This was after the 1st coat on the top side. Over all it got about five light coats of spray and was sanded between them after the second coat. Both sides were painted and it was finished and ready for delivery. Here it is with the TV and the speaker tucked under the shelf. And here is a closer look. Blends in nicely and allows air circulation around the speaker bar. A nice little project to do.

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