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08-07-2009 12:02 AM

How many LJ’s like Poplar?

How about for furniture?

Just got a lot of it free. Different sizes and widths.

Adding it up I could build a Morris Chair out of the Poplar.

Built a toolbox out of it. Was kind of practice on mitering, dovetails and all. It has held up well for two years.

I stained the box but may just oil the Chair.

Seen a nice tressel table with a slab of Poplar and it was great looking.

Just like some comments on it.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 12:13 AM

Poplar’s good, free poplar is better. Black poplar has nice character, white polar I like to paint. Yes it can be furniture, a number of cabinets are starting to show up made from it too.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 12:19 AM

Can’t complain about free wood! It covers well with paint. I have used it a lot for dressers internal pieces.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 08-07-2009 12:20 AM

Popular is very popular as a background wood in cabinets.

You use your premium woods and the wood that is not seen can be popular.

But it’s a nice wood.

Heres a popular table I made.
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-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 01:20 AM

It’s funny you should ask, I came across a modest amount of free poplar myself recently. I’m liking it a lot except for sanding. It seems to scoff at sanding with the grain, nothing comes off! So I tried cross grain and, while I got some results, I also got scratching, which is a bear to get out…Maybe that’s why it’s generally used for secondary wood or is painted? Other than that, the patina on the stuff, if you CAN get it well sanded, is a real nice kind of gentle green, very pretty…
Around these parts it seems like you can get any type of wood you want (as long as you want Oak, Maple or Pine) so it’s been kinda fun working something new. Made this out of it so far with another soon to follow…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 08-07-2009 03:05 AM

Poplar is a nice wood to work with. It tends to blotch when stained so you have to treat it similar to pine but it mills up well. The only real “problem” with it is that some of the wood will take on a greenish cast when stained but this will fade to a nice brown with time.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 08-07-2009 03:42 AM

I recently made some speaker stands for a friend, and I liked they way it worked up. I painted them so did not have stain issues. I’d use it again.

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#7 posted 08-07-2009 04:00 AM

It’s got it’s uses…Making chairs ain’t one of them, unless you’re interested in making some “walmart grade”, throw away chairs. Paints well, and it good for learning or secondary wood on case goods. That’s my “free” opinion.

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#8 posted 08-07-2009 04:18 AM

Like the table Karson.

As I said I made a toolbox out of poplar it stained okay when I wiped it.

Did not have real problems sanding as Littlecope had. And the toolbox is 2 years old and still held up well.

It just kind of sits there I still like the idea of a chair. First to make me a Morris chair and to use the free wood to do so.

I have seen some old poplar stuff and I like the contrast in colors, when the green browns.

I guess I will attempt it and see how it goes. I am working on a design in my head and on paper for the chair, I wanted carved panels intead of posts or slats in the sides. And maybe carved feet and arm rests.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#9 posted 08-07-2009 04:46 AM

I like it as well

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 08-07-2009 04:52 AM

I’ve had problems sanding poplar too. It got fuzzy when sanded with 220 so I gave up and only sanded to 150 grit. Not as smooth as I would have liked, but it wasn’t fuzzy anymore. I actually like the slightly green tint on some of the boards. Both of these curling iron/hair dryer holders were made from poplar.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#11 posted 08-07-2009 04:57 AM

My most resent blog I’m making a pie crust table from poplar It is mostly thought of as a paint grade wood but it can be finished to look like almost any wood.

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#12 posted 08-07-2009 05:08 AM

I too like Poplar…

I made Face Frame out of Poplar:

I think I could use Trans-Tint and make it look like any wood I wanted. IMHO

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 08-07-2009 03:37 PM

I agree with everyone…poplar is a nice wood. Its very stable. I use it for cabinet backs and bottoms. I also use it for shop jigs etc. It would work good for many other projects too. Like a1Jim said, it takes stain well.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#14 posted 08-07-2009 03:49 PM

We use tons of Poplar—literally. Mostly for paint grade. I think it works well. I really like the price you payed. I never find those deals. It does stain well as others have said. I usually don’t as I prefer other woods for that.


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#15 posted 08-07-2009 03:58 PM

Most of my house projects are made from poplar, as it is cheap and easy to work with. My wife prefers the painted look to most natural and/or stained projects, so I don’t waste money on expensive wood just to cover it up.

I too have found that when brought through the sanding process, I have a hard time when reaching 220 grit. Recently I have stopped wasting my time trying to sand any further, and have bought better oil based enamel paints. The better (thicker) oil based paints do a great job of coating the surface and some-what self-leveling. After that you would never be able to tell it was only sanded to 150 grit.

-- Derrek L.

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