Very easy to work in almost all regards, one of Poplar's only downsides is its softness. 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. Fine textured, soft and lightweight. Frequently finished to look like other woods.
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. Colors tend to darken upon exposure to light.
Some Typical Uses:
Seldom used for its appearance, Poplar is a utility wood in nearly every sense. It's used for pallets, crates, upholstered furniture frames, furniture, cabinets, jigs, drawer sides, painted furniture, paper (pulpwood) and plywood.
What's the Tree Like?
A tall, stately tree. May reach 150 feet high with a trunk up to 10 feet and free of branches for up to 90 feet.
Poplar is available in the following thickness:
- 4/4 (13/16") flat sawn S2S and edged one side
- 6/4 (1-5/16") flat sawn S2S and edged one side
- 8/4 (1-13/16") flat sawn S2S and edged one side