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02-13-2014 10:57 PM

I had some milled poplar boards delivered today from a local commercial lumber company.
I intend to use them in my home to co-exist with the original lightly stained and finished poplar woodwork installed by our builder 14 years ago.
These boards have a noticeable tint of green in the grain in several locations.
My questions are:
Is this normal?
Is the wood too wet?
Can I make go away with normal staining and finishing practice?

Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 11:00 PM

Sunlight (UV rays) will make the green turn brown-ish.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 11:02 PM

I’m just finishing a poplar bookcase project. Some of my wood has/had a greenish tint too. Still, I’m liking it. A friend of mine who has one of those woodmiser band mills tells me he doesn’t like poplar because it has a green tint. It just depends on what you like. To my eye, the wood that I have been working with gets browner and less green over time. (It’s taken me a long time to finish this project).

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 11:03 PM

Green in well-dries poplar is normal.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 11:04 PM

The colors are normal and I don’t think they are an indicator of wetness. Poplar takes paint very well, i’m not sure about stain. I made this tool chest a few years ago and the colors are still there:

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 11:06 PM

I planed some poplar 4×4s about a month or so ago and the color was really green. Over the past month it has turned to a nice cream to light brown color. I wouldn’t worry too much about the green. I might let it sit for a little while after milling before you apply the finish just to make sure the finish doesn’t inhibit the color change.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 11:06 PM

Poplar takes stain very well. You will likely not notice the difference in tint, once the stain is applied.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 11:09 PM

I should also say that my wood was exposed to natural sunlight for a good part of the day.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 11:18 PM

It will go a latte brown over time. Best thing you can do is try staining a piece while it’s still got the green tint and see how it looks compared to the other.

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#9 posted 02-14-2014 12:04 AM

+1 to the green fading. Sunlight will speed it up, but under artificial light it will also turn golden brown.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#10 posted 02-14-2014 12:22 AM

I love poplar. Beautiful stuff.

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#11 posted 02-14-2014 12:54 AM

Glad to read this thread – I had looked at some poplar and was surprised at the green tint.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#12 posted 02-14-2014 01:48 AM

In closing for the day I will shift the use of this batch of Poplar to a Loft for my granddaughter that staining is not as critical. She actually produced a drawing.
Thanks to everyone who provided input.

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#13 posted 02-14-2014 01:54 AM

it is not uncommon for poplar to also show purple colors as well. just an fyi

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#14 posted 02-14-2014 01:59 AM

The green heartwood color of yellow poplar is normal. Like Wooden says, you can get black streaks, even magenta.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#15 posted 02-14-2014 02:11 AM

Wait til you guys find some “rainbow” poplar – beautiful wood !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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