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Poplar

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DESCRIPTION Poplar heartwood is usually creamy-white to gray in color, sometimes pale brown or pinkish-brown. Grain is straight and can be woolly. Texture is fine and even.
Weight ranges from 23lbs to 33lbs per cu .ft.
COUNTRY OF
ORIGIN
North America
BOTANICAL NAME

Populus Balsamifera

OTHER NAMES Robusta, Finnish Aspen, Swedish Aspen, French Aspen, Cucumber
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES Very low stiffness and resistance to shock loads. Low bending strength and medium crush strength. Poor steam bending characteristics.
WORKING PROPERTIES Slight blunting effect on cutters. Very sharp, thin cutters are required to overcome the woolly texture and produce a good finish. Nailing and screwing are satisfactory. Takes stain poorly, usually produces blotchy results. Takes paint, varnish and polish satisfactorily.
DURABILITY Poplar is perishable and susceptible to insect attack. Heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is permeable.
SEASONING Dries rapidly, but knots are inclined to split. Medium movement.
USES Due to tough, woolly, non-splintering nature, it is suitable for rough usage such as the bottoms of wagons and carts. Also used in furniture framing, drawers, toys, flooring, boxes and crates, veneers and plywood.
COMMENTS Several subspecies: P. Nigra, P. Canadensis, P. robusta, P. Tremula

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janka hardness: 300
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Poplar Lumber Pricing
 Species Size Small Quantities 200+ bd ft 500+ bd ft wholesale units
Poplar 4/4 $2.50 $2.20 Call Us1.877.232.3915
5/4 $2.60 $2.40 Call Us1.877.232.3915
6/4 $2.75 $2.53 Call Us1.877.232.3915
8/4 $3.10 $2.90 Call Us1.877.232.3915
10/4 $3.60 $3.40 Call Us1.877.232.3915

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Additional Photos
poplar mantle
front view
Above: Fireplace mantel built from poplar by Rob Pelc.  This wood is great for this application as it takes paint well and is easy to work worth.  It is also more stable than pine in this situation where heat can be a problem.
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