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182 days ago

Sorry folks for the stupd guastion but when did poplar become a hardwood.I was just infromed by google that poplar is a hardwood.Im lost all thsos years that I work and was tot that poplar was a softwood can some one help. Thanks David Dean


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Armandhammer

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#1 posted 182 days ago

I always thought it was a medium wood…either a harder softwood or a softer hardwood…however you want to call it.

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#2 posted 182 days ago

It’s always been a “hardwood”. Softwood’s are conifers (needles, not leaves).

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#3 posted 182 days ago

Needles on the tree (conifers) means softwood, leaves means hardwood. Not all hardwood is ‘harder’ than softwood… balsa by definition is a hardwood.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 182 days ago

When it got leaves.

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#5 posted 182 days ago

Smitty got it right.. its a classification, not a description .

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#6 posted 182 days ago

That’s an easy one .when it lost it leaves , a great web site for wood iD. Is hobbithouseinc.com I Teach woodworking classes and this is one of my favorite web sites to get info on wood .

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#7 posted 182 days ago

Coniferous vs deciduouse ?

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#8 posted 182 days ago

1972.

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#9 posted 182 days ago

In Australia” hardwood ” is generic for gums or eucalyptus because most of it gives hard a new meaning.

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#10 posted 182 days ago

Thanks everyone I thought I would ask before I put my foot in it. But poplar dosent cut like a hardwood and I always used course thread scerws.Well you learn somthing new every day. Thanks again

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#11 posted 182 days ago

Puberty…

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#12 posted 182 days ago

Generally speaking, deciduous trees are referred to as hardwoods and coniferous trees are referred to as softwoods. In reality it’s not quite that simple. Some conifers (e.g western larch) are deciduous, and many broadleaf trees in southern latitudes (i.e. the tropics) keep their leaves year round. Why does life have to be so complicated? ;-)

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#13 posted 182 days ago

Balsa is a hardwood too. It has nothing to do w/ hardness. Deciduous trees are considered hardwoods for marketing purposes and conifers are softwoods.

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#14 posted 182 days ago

Even worse “Poplar” is not even a true poplar. Aspens and Cottonwoods are poplars (Populus species).

The wood sold as “poplar” is called Yellow Poplar or Tulip Poplar, but it is a Liriodendron species and is actually in the Magnolia family which does not include the true poplars.

Poplars are even softer than members of the Magnolia family.

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#15 posted 182 days ago

The wood sold as “poplar” is called Yellow Poplar or Tulip Poplar, but it is a Liriodendron species and is actually in the Magnolia family which does not include the true poplars.

Would’t that depend on where you live?

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