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11-23-2014 07:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question reclaimed wood poplar design

I bought some wood today (I’ll do another post on that), and the guy threw in a 10 ft x 8 piece of reclaimed 8/4 poplar, suitably darkened with the saw marks still on it. I assume if cleaned up, it would look a bit like this oak:

I don’t really want to use this for anything, at least on our main floor, but for a place were it would be appropriate, I think it will work pretty well. I would think a coffee or side table would be the best applications for such wood.

Having never worked with wood in this way, I’m open to any and all advice.

-- "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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#1 posted 11-23-2014 08:00 PM

Poplar has its place for sure. Some have stained it to mimic walnut.
Kinda depends on how much green is in the wood, but it, like most woods, will “mellow” over time.
Bill

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#2 posted 11-23-2014 08:02 PM

This poplar is old and doesn’t look anything like poplar in color at this point. I’ll post a pic—much darker than new poplar.

-- "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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#3 posted 11-23-2014 09:25 PM

Only advice I can offer when working with reclaimed wood is to check for nails or screws, or staples, heaven knows what got into it over the years. Any number of saw blade eating nasties can be hiding just under the surface.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#4 posted 11-23-2014 09:33 PM

I’ve already spotted a couple of nails on one end—pretty good sized ones.

-- "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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#5 posted 11-23-2014 09:40 PM

So here’s a pic of the wood the cleaner section in the middle of the pic is where I used my block plane on it a bit when I was trying to see what it was.

-- "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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#6 posted 11-23-2014 09:49 PM

how sure are you that it’s poplar?

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#7 posted 11-23-2014 09:54 PM

I ask because I got some old barn beams awhile back that looked a lot like that, the old farmer said they were Chestnut?

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#8 posted 11-23-2014 09:54 PM

here it goes again.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#9 posted 11-23-2014 09:56 PM

The fellow said it was poplar. I said that I did not think it was, since it didn’t look anything like any poplar I’d ever seen—hence the beginning of the planing. Then I realized I was going to have to go deeper than I wanted to see more. However, it is light weight like poplar.

In other words, got me.

-- "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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#10 posted 11-23-2014 10:03 PM

I hear ya Charles, I often have trouble identifying species with old wood I “get”. That wood data base helps but,,,,,,,,,

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#11 posted 11-23-2014 10:03 PM

Love it!

-- Rich

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#12 posted 11-23-2014 10:07 PM

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#13 posted 11-23-2014 10:18 PM

Denny, that looks like a pretty good thought. The weight is almost identical to poplar, and the grain sure looks like the pics.

-- "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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#14 posted 11-23-2014 10:37 PM

Charles, if they don’t have easy access to the county extension agent, take a sample over to the university.
I know when I lived in the area that Jefferson county extension got me some priority at U of L.
About 35 years ago my father in law had to cut down a tree to allow the state to expand Corydon Pike in New Albany. We knew it was American Chestnut, but needed to make certain so we took samples all over to see what we could find out.
It turns out it was protected, but the state HAD to have the land, so we weren’t prosecuted for cutting it down.
The wood you have really looks like the same wood to me.

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/chestnut.htm

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#15 posted 11-23-2014 10:48 PM

I’m not sure how much work I’m going to do to identify this one board, but it is interesting. If this is Chestnut, and it was used in the construction of a house or building (can’t remember right now), then it is probably 100+ years old, wouldn’t you think?

-- "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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