It seems to me that you never hear of Poplar without hearing at least 1 of 3 key words. Those words are prototype, paint, and never…ever.. STAIN IT!!! I think good old domestic Poplar gets a bad rap. I mean, it mills nice, has a closed pore grain, and get ready for this.. I LOVE THE LOOK! The greenish, yellowish, gray mix is awesome in my opinion. I believe if it were from South America of Africa, we’d all be buying it for a bazillion bucks a board foot. I don’t know why you would want to stain it, but I’m not big on stain anyhow. Maybe it’s good no one uses it as “furniture grade”.. that way it stays cheap for me!
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