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10-22-2017 01:42 AM

Hi. I was given some Poplar boards from a Hardwood Moulding Mill for a bathroom vanity project I’m considering. Are the “speckles” you see in the picture from Mother Nature? I haven’t started working with it, maybe that’s why they gave it away. Would a planer remove the spots?
Thank you! Bsmith

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#1 posted 10-22-2017 04:54 AM

Definitely not natural. My vote is for marks left by a knurled outfeed roller of the planer that was used to dress the boards.

Most industrial planers have knurled steel rollers instead of the rubber ones that are common on lunchbox planers. Poplar is soft enough that the pattern could transfer from the roller to the wood.

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#2 posted 10-22-2017 11:58 AM

I agree with William they look like the roller marks also. I use a lot of poplar in my shop and you can get an enormous assortment of colors and grain patterns with poplar. if you stain it be sure you use a pre conditioner on it or it can be blotchy when stained seal it and use a cherry stain and it will closely resemble cherry at a lot lower cost.

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#3 posted 10-22-2017 03:46 PM

Machine marks for sure.

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#4 posted 10-22-2017 11:24 PM

I believe those are from a straight line rip saw

They will plane out easily

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#5 posted 10-23-2017 02:45 AM

Alder

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#6 posted 10-23-2017 03:03 AM



Alder

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yep, Alder wouldn’t do that.

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#7 posted 10-23-2017 03:05 AM

Alder x 3

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#8 posted 10-23-2017 03:08 AM

That’s called “Braille” Poplar.

It’s for us older woodworkers that have problems reading the grain.

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#9 posted 10-23-2017 03:33 AM

By poplar, he means alder.

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#10 posted 10-23-2017 12:11 PM

Looks like feed chain marks on the poplar. But it also looks like sticker stain.

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#11 posted 10-23-2017 12:12 PM

It is the rare spotted braille alder poplar.

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#12 posted 10-23-2017 03:25 PM



I believe those are from a straight line rip saw

They will plane out easily

- cabmaker

+1 ^^^^

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#13 posted 10-23-2017 03:32 PM



It is the rare spotted braille alder poplar.

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Rarely seen or photographed in the wild.

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#14 posted 10-23-2017 10:56 PM

Thanks for the input, guys. Sounds like machine marks are the most Poplar answer!!

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