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Forum topic by andy6601 posted 50 days ago 450 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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andy6601

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50 days ago

I have been collecting poplar wood for a few years not and I am wanting some advice and information as to how well it works with hand tools. I live in central Ohio and I have been able to collect poplar fairly easy through cragslist ads and there is a sawmill not to far from me that sells it too. My thought it to use the poplar as “learning wood” so I am not hacking up high end wood. I just wanted to know if others have done this and if so maybe you could post some pictures of your projects. I also read online where you can make poplar look like more expensive wood. It sounds like a very useful wood and for the price and if I botch a piece up I don’t feel so bad. So I welcome everyone’s thoughts and opinions.


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#1 posted 50 days ago

I have often used poplar because it is inexpensive and fairly easy to work with hand tools. I also like that poplar is not too soft. Poplar can have some wide range in colors but I usually try and pick out boards that are closely matched. I find poplar easy to finish. You can disguise it to look like almost any kind of wood. The Woodsmith show did a project using poplar and finished it to look like walnut. I am not an expert wood finisher but have had luck finishing poplar with stains & dyes. I would suggest practice different finishes on small boards until you get a result that pleases you.

-- Julian

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MT_Stringer

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#2 posted 50 days ago

I used poplar to build our buffet- face frames, raised panel doors and drawer fronts, and most of the drawer boxes. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 50 days ago

Poplar is a great wood to work with. It machines well and is cheap and comes in wide widths free of defect. This is a cupboard I built with it, I used plywood for the panels.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 50 days ago

I’ve used poplar a few times, but almost always for a painted project

-- paxorion

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#5 posted 50 days ago

Andy,
I’ve got the same reaction as the others who’ve posted, poplar is a very good wood for many uses. I’ve built two medicine cabinets out of it, a vanity base and several things for my work. All were painted and hold up very well. I find poplar nice to machine and easy to sand.

The color variations can be wide but if stained or dyed darkly or painted, it makes no difference.

My brother just finished a mission style bed for his grandson that was poplar. He dyed it and finished with a brushed on lacquer and he was very happy with the result.

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andy6601

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#6 posted 49 days ago

Thanks everyone for all of the replies and pictures MT_Stringer I really like the buffet you built and was wondering how you got to that finish because I think it looks great! Thanks again for the responses!

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