Also called Tulip Poplar or Yellow Poplar. It is widely available in the eastern United States.
The sapwood is creamy white and may be streaked, with the heartwood varying from pale yellowish brown to olive green. The green color in the heartwood will tend to darken on exposure to light and turn brown. The wood has a medium to fine texture and is straight-grained; has a comparatively uniform texture.
Very easy to work in almost all regards, one of Poplar’s only downsides is its softness. It has the reputation of being one of the easiest of all hardwoods to work with hand and machine tools.Due to its low density, Poplar can sometimes leave fuzzy surfaces and edges: especially during shaping or sanding. Sanding to finer grits of sandpaper may be necessary to obtain a smooth surface. It dries easily with minimal movement in performance and has little tendency to split when nailed. It takes and holds paint, enamel and stain exceptionally well.
Seldom used for its appearance, Poplar is a utility wood in nearly every sense. It’s used for pallets, crates, upholstered furniture frames, paper (pulpwood), and plywood. Poplar veneer is also used for a variety of applications: either dyed in various colors, or on hidden undersides as a filler. It is also used in light construction, furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, musical instruments, exterior trim and siding, paneling, mouldings and millwork, edge-glued panels, turnings and carvings.
Thicknesses: 4/4" and 8/4"
Widths: 6" through 9"
Lengths: Mostly 8'
Surfacing: Skip planed
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