Bench Stool in Poplar

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    Peter Bernhardt
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    I’ve finished a prototype using poplar. I used shellac on the base and oil on the seat. I darkened the wood using a brew of vinegar and steel wool (poor man’s fuming). I’ve attached a few photos I snapped during construction.

    Peter Bernhardt
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    Peter Bernhardt
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    A few more photos. I tried a variation on the shape of the stretchers. And I’ve just started on a second stool with another variation.

    Peter Bernhardt
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    lcalbertson
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    I like how the coloring turned out a nice brown instead of grayish how it turns out sometimes I’ve seen when you use pine. You dissolved the steal wool then ‘painted’ it on?

    Did you laminate the legs from 3/4″ material or were you able to find 1.5″ stock nearby?

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    chemical_cake
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    That’s great, I didn’t know that darkening technique worked on Poplar and it produces such a nice colour as well. The asymmetric arch is interesting.

    Matt

    Southampton, UK

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    Derek Long
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    Wow, I really like the “fumed” Poplar! I had no idea. I’ll have to give this a try.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #135766
    dovetails
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    The stool looks great. The joinery looks awesome, the seat came out very nice, and the finish looks awesome as well. Great job, thanks for sharing.

    #135767
    Peter Bernhardt
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    Thanks very much for the comments.

    I used poplar because it was inexpensive and I was able to get 8/4 stock for the legs and seat. FWIW, I oriented my lamination for the seat vertically (opposed to horizontally).

    For the finish, I just put a 0000 pad of steel wool in a jar of vinegar and let it dissolve. You need to give it some air and time to do its work. I’ve had this sitting on a shelf for several weeks, stirring occasionally until the wool was fully dissolved and then put on a lid once it was ready.

    I brushed on two coats for the finish and let it dry overnight (no wipe off on the poplar). Although with other woods that have more tannin, I’ve wiped it off after about 15 minutes to arrest the darkening process. Off cuts are good for testing out what works best. It came out a rather dull brownish color and the shellac and oil brought the grain back out. Also, I didn’t sand before finishing.

    That’s one of the funnest part of these projects – starting with a very solid design and trying out new techniques and ideas. Again, thanks for the feedback, guys. Very much appreciated. Cheers.

    Peter Bernhardt
    instagram: peter.bernhardt

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