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01-04-2017 01:52 AM

I bought about 60 bf of poplar to use in a project as a secondary wood. Now I had to change the design of that project which calls for another wood so I am left with some very nice mostly white and some greenish boards.
Has anyone here completed a whole project from poplar ?

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#1 posted 01-04-2017 01:58 AM

Back in the day, I made several envelope boxes out of poplar for my mother in law. She loved them.

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#3 posted 01-04-2017 02:29 AM

Not I. Most of my poplar is kinda smelly. I chose big box pine instead so I have some bf lying around too. It makes pretty good hidden stuff, like drawers.

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#4 posted 01-04-2017 02:37 AM

Some people know how to stain poplar so that it looks a lot like old cherry. I have seen some beautiful furniture built that way. I am not familiar with the process but if you are interested, I’m sure you can find it on the internet.

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#5 posted 01-04-2017 02:48 AM

Chris Schwarz has a plan in Popular Woodworking for a cabinet from the Byrdcliffe Coloney. Looks really nice.

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#6 posted 01-04-2017 04:37 AM

I chose poplar for my traveling tool chest to save weight. The thing is still heavy but 100% poplar other than one piece of hickory for the vice screws.

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#7 posted 01-04-2017 04:40 AM

Been known to use some..

Box to hold a Stanley No. 45 plane.

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#8 posted 01-04-2017 05:50 AM

You could build an armoire and faux paint it…
(Would need some MDF also)

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#9 posted 01-04-2017 06:33 AM

Most all my painted furniture is poplar. It’s my go to wood. Go through about 100 bdft every two weeks.

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#10 posted 01-04-2017 06:51 AM

With dye you can make it look like walnut, it has the same grain pattern.

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#11 posted 01-04-2017 11:02 AM

An alternative to painting is to try bleaching out the green color of poplar with oxalic acid. Never done it myself, but it’s on my “things to try list”.

Here’s an tutorial:

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#12 posted 01-04-2017 02:07 PM

Bandits jewelry box is very very nice – beautiful work and wood as well, though otherwise i generally find poplar not that interesting. but it is fairly cheap and easily found in 8/4 to 16/4 and more so i chose it as the wood to use for my fireplace mantle, which we painted with one coat of a thin paint that is semi-transparent though you cant tell from the pic, so it has a nice antique look and is 100% solid, nothing but circular saw, band saw, and router work.

it will go with us when we move.. ;-)

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#13 posted 01-04-2017 02:58 PM

this was mostly popular :


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#14 posted 01-04-2017 03:41 PM

Google “poplar furniture”. Lots out there. Unfortunately you have the boring lumber yards stuff, but still many options. I use it a lot.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 01-04-2017 08:20 PM

If you leave green-colored poplar out in the sun it will turn a bronze color.

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