Originally Posted by John Smith_inFL
great craftsmanship !!
I think the negative impression of different wood is from the view
with the drawers open. closed, I can see how all ties in together.
good job !
I wasn't quite sure what he meant by that. I figured it was a difference in opinion on aesthetics.
Every project is an experiment.
It was my first time working with plywood drawers. Plywood saws well and makes really easy dovetails, but grooves and rabbets can go awry very quickly and take a much more delicate touch, lest you blow the layers out.
I wanted to contrast the drawer sides from the fronts, hence the unstained sides. I also wanted to see how the staining and sealing process would go, if there would be difficulty gluing afterward. (No, I did not stain/seal inside the pins.) I was somewhat concerned about how far the stain/seal would penetrate. No problems found.
This looks lovely. I can say as someone who is currently working on (a much less nice) project with poplar, I am not fond of it. But you have done a bang up job.
Thank you. My choice for poplar wasn't necessarily aesthetic. I had a bunch of 8 foot 1x2 poplar boards in my garage for 15 years that I don't even remember what I bought it for, and wanted to use up. I only had about 4 feet of it left when I was done! Also, poplar is relatively cheap compared to hardwood lumbers, good for the budget.
I had originally planned to paint. I decided to stain later into the project. I would have made some different construction choices if I'd planned to stain early on. Things such as board face orientation, etc.
I find poplar easy to work with, as it's soft with straight grain. Because it's soft, I'm curious how well it will hold up to a little kid over the years.
My sister cried when it was presented to her at the baby shower. That's good enough for me.