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Mrowell

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10-16-2018 09:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: poplar advice suggestions projects turning question resource tip

Everyone, I need suggestions of uses for poplar! I am overseeing a large construction job and ended up with 37 pieces that are 4×6x12-14” long and 14 pieces that are ~24” long. I couldn’t watch it all be thrown away so I loaded it up and brought it home!! There will likely be another 30-40 pieces on the next phase of the project.

I have some ideas of uses but wanted your suggestions!

-- Matt R


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#1 posted 10-16-2018 10:50 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/96622
My first project with Poplar. Made from a piece of wood about that size.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 10-16-2018 11:05 PM

I would use it to practice turning photos to the right orientation .

:)

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#3 posted 10-16-2018 11:12 PM

Jigs. Handles.

Jenga set.

Blocks for young children. Small, simple cars for small children.

Tool holders for your shop walls. Holder for your metal letter & number stamps sets (I made one for mine!)

Just a few ideas.

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 10-16-2018 11:23 PM

On a more serious side. Just store it. You’ll know when the right project/need comes up, it be sitting there wait for you.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#5 posted 10-16-2018 11:44 PM

I burn poplar because it’s not as gooder as alder.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 10-17-2018 12:13 AM

I actually like Poplar, machines well, stable, and takes finishes well.

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#7 posted 10-17-2018 12:17 AM

Blasphemer!

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#8 posted 10-17-2018 12:28 AM

Thank you guys for the reply’s and AlaskaGuy thank you for fixing the photo… This “smart Phone” i got always seems to upload pictures sideways instead of the orientation I take them in…

I am saving it all and figure I will use some to practice on the lathe (I have only turned pens and bottle stoppers so far). FireHouse thank you for the suggestions my nephew will love a few of those!

Richard I also like poplar. Obviously its not as high end as other lumbers but for low key project or ones that will be stained its great (especially when its free!!)

TheFridge… Im sure I will end up with some slivers left that will be fire starter but I have problems burning usable lumber… Which for me is big because I love fire haha.

-- Matt R

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#9 posted 10-17-2018 12:37 AM

I would use it for set up cuts or testing cuts.
So I don’t waste my highly valuable black walnut. ::)

-- Aj

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Mrowell

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#10 posted 10-17-2018 02:28 AM

AJ great call… Although I don’t have a stash of walnut I would rather waste poplar I didn’t pay for over anything I have money invested in making sure set ups are correct.

-- Matt R

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#11 posted 10-17-2018 02:39 AM


I would use it for set up cuts or testing cuts.
So I don’t waste my highly valuable black walnut. ::)

- Aj2

I know where you can get a whole tree of it, and it will only cost you a few thousand dollars to cut it down and remove it.

Mrowell, I agree with just storing it until you need it. Poplar makes a great wood for the interior of furniture, and is also great for jigs.

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#12 posted 10-17-2018 02:42 AM

Poplar is often used to build drawers in fine furniture. That is one possibility. I use poplar for jigs and fixtures because it is stable and easy to work. It takes paint well and could be used for many such projects.

I would resaw it to a more useful thickness to start with.

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Mrowell

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#13 posted 10-17-2018 03:28 AM

Lumbering_on, I would love to get a whole tree worth unfortunately I just built a new shop so my wife might kill me if I try to spend money on cutting down a tree haha.

I will definitely save some of the longer pieces to re-saw into a more usable thickness. Great point about drawers I am planning to make some new cabinets eventually for around my table saw/out feed table (have to make this to) so that would work out great!

-- Matt R

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#14 posted 10-17-2018 06:42 AM

A lot of case interiors, and drawer sides are made of lowly Poplar. It’s great to work with, everything except staining, sux to stain it. Takes a natural finish, or Shellac, pretty with Garnet shellac if you feel the need for color, but it’s pleasant with any non yellowing finish.

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WoodenDreams

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#15 posted 10-17-2018 07:12 AM

You could cut them all down to 1”x1”x”, and make Lincoln Logs, It would be a cool Christmas or birthday gift for the kids, or grandchildren. You could cut them down & resaw them to 1”x3”x”, and make some small toy boxes. My small toy boxes I build are 15”x15”x24”, I also have a line cremation boxes made from poplar.

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