Poplar: Domestic Hardwood

Poplar lumber is one of the most diverse hardwoods available in the US. Widely used for all woodworking applications, from stained to painted projects. Poplar is easy to work, machine, and sand. It is a great wood for beginner woodworkers.

Poplar is very affordable and is available in various widths and lengths. Poplar is also used widely for secondary purposes such as drawer boxes in cabinetry, backs of cases and bookshelves, and painted projects. 

Characteristics

Origin of Wood TypeThe U.S. and Canada
Botanical NameLiriodendron Tulipifera
Specific Gravity.46
Avg. Weight Per BF3.3 lbs
Color RangeWhite sapwood and green heartwood
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width4 – 16 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 16 feet
Avg. Waste Factor20%
Wood UsesWoodworking and Cabinetry
Lumber GradesFAS through 2 common
Other Trade Names Tulip Poplar

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