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10-28-2019 02:25 AM

Hello Every one.
Yes i am still kicking.
Wondering about working with poplar lumber.
I just found some on a buy and sell site.
The family is moving and needed to get rid of about 3000 board feet of poplar lumber that was cut about 5-6 years ago,
It was stacked very nice, Stickered very well.
I went and looked at it.
Now its in my yard.
Paid $300 for it.
Im thinking that was a deal.
If any one has worked with poplar, please give me advice,

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#1 posted 10-28-2019 04:26 AM

Depends on which Poplar, I actually like it as a semi hard wood found in these parts. I have been looking for some around here with not much luck. Is it 4/4 or 8/4, flat cut? Let me know if you are interested in sell any of it?

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#2 posted 10-28-2019 04:50 AM

Poplar machines nicely and takes paint well. I use Charles Neil’s Pre-Color Conditioner when I stain it just because that’s what I do.

The column wraps turned out nice and my customer will paint them. I like working with poplar.

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#3 posted 10-28-2019 05:51 AM

A favorite to make drawers from. Paints like a dream, machines very nicely,

Wood Database says. Note this is about Liriodendron tulipifera

Now in real life there are 25 to 35 kinds of Poplar, and some aren't so nice for woodworking. Some of them are VERY fast growing VERY skinny trees used to quickly make a fence from them, and they are quite poor for woodworking, firewood, and almost everything except making a tall screen of kinda ugly trees. Hoping you got the first kind.

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#4 posted 10-28-2019 11:53 AM

The problem is the wide diversity of poplar types. Tulip poplar doesn’t grow in Canada (other than a very small part of southern Ontario) so it’s unlikely to be that species if you got locally harvested trees. Where I live what people refer to locally as poplar is generally trembling aspen, not a particularly interesting or useful type of lumber.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 10-28-2019 01:02 PM


That’s a steal, not a deal!!

Its a good wood to work with. Mills fairly nicely, is very stable when acclimated, paints well. Excellent secondary wood in furniture building.

My only knock on it, sometimes it can be on the soft side, but that depends on the tree.

Its also susceptible to boring insects, so be aware of that.

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#6 posted 10-28-2019 02:19 PM

I love it for trim work and other pieces that are to be painted, no grain showing through the finish. Price is excellent as well (though you got a steal!)

Some poplar has great color which will make for nice clear finish projects.

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#7 posted 10-28-2019 02:34 PM

Use it a lot for boxes..

Yes, this is Poplar…Project wood from Lowes, in fact…

Recently made a pair of these…from the 1/2” x 6” x 24” Project Boards in Poplar…

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#8 posted 10-28-2019 03:11 PM

I think you got a great deal. Poplar is a popular secondary wood for furniture building (e.g. drawer sides/back, dust frames, blocking, etc.). It’s on the softer side for a hardwood. It has a light color, often with greenish hues or other color streaks. As others have stated it is easy to work with woodworking tools and is excellent for painting. I’m not sure how durable it would be for exterior projects, but it should be very good for interior projects.

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#9 posted 10-28-2019 03:47 PM

I have used poplar for woodcarving This is a Pacific NW style wall decoration symbolizing the connection of my dachshunds to their ancestral wolf. It’s a little harder than basswood, but holds detail fairly well. The final piece was painted.

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#10 posted 10-28-2019 06:22 PM

I’m sure you did some research poplar before purchasing this amount. Poplar is one one the woods I use in making urns. I pick the boards that have the heavy green tint for the urns. Use natural stain and poly for a unique color not seen in other urns.
Very easy to work with. It is easy to scratch or ding up like pine. Can easily be stained to match the look of other woods like walnut and mahogany.

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#11 posted 10-29-2019 01:47 AM

Yes I did some research before I bought this.
The guy sold me all or none.
I really didmt need that much !
I worked with it last night.
Routers ice.
Planes nice.
Takes the aging process I use quite well.
Not much woodgrain, I use steel brushon a grinder to remove the softcore in wood. It leaves a weathered look. this doesnt do that well, not much difference in grain

Pics of some pieces

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#12 posted 10-29-2019 02:23 PM

Not much woodgrain, I use steel brushon a grinder to remove the softcore in wood. It leaves a weathered look. this doesnt do that well, not much difference in grain

That’s one of the main reasons that it paints so well. The uniform density/hardness of the wood makes it sand flat and absorb paint evenly without any filler.

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#13 posted 10-29-2019 05:27 PM

The only real grain patterns of only sort, is when you have the boards with the heavier greenish tint to it. Without the heavier green tinting the wood, the wood is bland appearance. The reason I pick through bundles at the lumber yards.

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#14 posted 10-29-2019 09:10 PM

Those pictures don’t look like what is usually sold commercially as poplar in the states which is not even related to true poplar. It is actually from a tree commonly called tulip tree or yellow poplar and it is actually related to magnolias. Your pictures look more like a true poplar to me which are in the willow family and includes aspen, cottonwood and of course willow. Sorry to say that it is not quite as nice a wood as the yellow poplar that most of the above is referring to.

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#15 posted 10-29-2019 09:25 PM

1/2” x 6×24” Poplar…as bought at Lowes…

Seems to do OK..

Works for me..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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