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01-16-2014 12:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: box poplar

Do any of you who make band saw boxes ever use poplar for the construction of their boxes? My experience with poplar is that it’s hard to find a lot of it that does not have a lot of sap wood.

I am thinking about putting otgethr a couple of boxes with poplar and walnut. Comments appreciated.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto


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#1 posted 01-16-2014 12:31 AM

I’d be afraid that the two wouldn’t take sanding equally.
Maple or oak would be a better choice.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 12:48 AM

I have used poplar but never in combination w/ another wood.

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 02:36 AM

I think they would work fine together for a bandsaw box. I did a poplar and Ipe box and the sanding was not a problem. (and Ipe is a LOT harder than walnut)

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 02:38 AM

The reason I asked in the first place is I was nosing around on Etsy for box ideas and I noticed that there was a party selling popler/walnut boxes. I thought it a strange combination but I am new to box building.

bondogaposis, how did your poplar boxes turn out? A lot of the poplar that I have worked with has a rather bland grain pattern.

Charlie

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 02:52 AM

I have used poplar for band saw boxes but always by itself. Once done I stained it with walnut stain and they looked good.

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#6 posted 01-16-2014 11:00 AM

Thanks coachmancuso. I have a bunch of poplar scraps so maybe I’ll give it a try.

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#7 posted 01-16-2014 01:42 PM

I’ve used Poplar and Mahogany which worked out great and Poplar and Padauk which didn’t work out as great since the dust from the Padauk “stained” the Poplar. I also haven’t really noticed any sap in the Poplar I’ve gotten from my sawmill but I’m just starting out with all this.

I really hope these links work…
Poplar/Mahogany:

Poplar/Padauk, you can see pink stain in side shot:

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#8 posted 01-16-2014 09:55 PM

Nice looking boxes. I am going to have to look for some Mahogony to put with my poplar just to see what it will look like. How did you finish thees boxes?

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#9 posted 01-16-2014 09:59 PM

I’ve mixed poplar with other woods when I happened to have some really white sapwood but those pieces are few and far between.

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#10 posted 01-16-2014 11:20 PM

I have mixed poplar with red oak, maple, and padauk with good looking results.

The candle opening squares are poplar with padauk dividers and legs/feet!

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#11 posted 01-17-2014 01:11 AM

Charlie75, I used Natural Danish Oil from Home Depot. Just the 2 coats according to the can and wiping it all off with cotton towels after.

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#12 posted 01-17-2014 10:55 AM

Thanks dstutz. I have never used Danish oil.

Can anyone describe exactly what “sap wood” is in Poplar? I thought I knew but after seeing some of the photos on here I am not sure.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#13 posted 01-17-2014 11:55 AM

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#14 posted 01-17-2014 12:03 PM

You know you can dye poplar about any color you want. This brings out the grain more with some colors.
I had help from LJ “Michael” on choice of dyes. I stained poplar to match a 75 y/o mahogany table and it came out perfect. Don’t see why it wouldn’t work for the boxes and give you more variations on color.

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#15 posted 01-18-2014 10:46 AM

Thanks dstutz. Very interesting description of Poplar.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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