Poplar color change?

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Forum topic by QUlrich posted 05-08-2018 11:55 PM 808 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2018 11:55 PM

Hello everybody, I had a question regarding a piece of poplar I picked up today and wanted to see if anyone had experience with this.

I was in lowes doing my usual search for decent/abnormal wood and happened across a piece of poplar that is nearly half purple. I know that the green streaking can turn to a brown/golden color over time, but does anybody know if the purple portion of this piece will change that significantly? And if so, would you happen to know what to? Thanks!

I added a few pictures as well for those interested.

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#1 posted 05-08-2018 11:59 PM

Sorry, I meant to attach this.

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#2 posted 05-09-2018 03:37 AM

It will turn medium warm brown.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 05-09-2018 11:44 AM

It will brown over time, neat piece though!

-- Matt, Woodworker based in NC,

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#4 posted 05-09-2018 01:10 PM

Alright, thats what I figured. I’ll just plan accordingly then, thank you guys!

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#5 posted 05-09-2018 01:28 PM

Green doesn’t turn purple; it’ll be purple when it’s cut. But both will turn brown in sunlight.

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#6 posted 05-09-2018 03:24 PM

Rainbow poplar can be pretty cool. Poplar in some areas of the country get a lot different colors.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 05-09-2018 07:19 PM

In my ooinion, poplar gets a bad rap as it is very beautiful and can really add to a project.
And the piece you have will prove it to you!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#8 posted 05-10-2018 01:28 PM

@soob I knew it didn’t turn purple from green, I just wasn’t sure if it would brown like the green portions of poplar do or if it would do something else. But good to know, thanks!

And I agree, poplar deserves a bit more credit. Especially with time, the color it turns after exposure is very attractive, and it’s a pleasure to work with. I used this piece to add some color to a cutting board that I will be finishing up tonight (first shot at one and I’m excited to keep working on it), I’ll be posting a picture of it in the projects thread tonight if anybody is interested in seeing it finished.

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