Poplar Wood

Poplar Wood Lumber is a hardwood species commonly used for  pallets, crates, upholstered   furniture frames, and plywood. Poplar wood veneer is also used for a variety of applications: either dyed in various colors, or on hidden undersides of veneered panels to counteract the pull of the glue on an exposed side that has been veneered with another, more decorative wood species. Poplar wood is considered a hardwood by species, but this can be somewhat confusing as it is typically softer than pine, a common softwood.

Stock Information

Species Information

  • CUTS: Flatsawn
  • SIZES: 4/4, 5/4. 6/4, 8/4, 10/4
  • DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
  • OTHER NAMES:  Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar
  • ORIGIN:  Eastern United States
  • APPEARANCE:  Heartwood is light cream to yellowish brown, with occasional streaks of gray or green. Sapwood is pale yellow to white, not always clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Can also be seen in mineral stained colors ranging from dark purple to red, green, or yellow, sometimes referred to as  Rainbow Poplar. Colors tend to darken upon exposure to light.
  • DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is 540 lb  for dry material
  • WEIGHT: Poplar weighs in at an average  29 lbs/ft3
  • DRYING:  The wood dries easily with minimum degrade.
  • WORKABILITY:  Very easy to work in almost all regards,   one of Poplar’s only downsides is its softness.
  • DURABILITY:  Heartwood is rated as being moderately durable to non-durable; susceptible to insect attack.
  • PRESERVATION:  The heartwood is reported to be difficult to treat with preservatives. The sapwood is permeable.
  • FINISHING:  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.

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