Because the wood is often painted or used in secondary applications where it isn’t visible, it is very easy to find wide, clear sections of Poplar for a variety of uses. At J. Gibson McIlvain lumber company, we usually have a large supply of Poplar wood in stock, and due to the wood’s high availability and locality, we can very quickly obtain new stock and kiln dry it for a stable product.
Is Poplar a Hardwood?
Poplar lumber is pretty soft and very easy to work. But botanically speaking it is a hardwood meaning it is a deciduous tree. But it is highly stable, easily available in width and length, and takes paint and stain famously well. However using Poplar as a stain grade species is often overlooked. Some will call Poplar wood “poor man’s Cherry” as it oxidizes over time to a much darker shade of brown. In fast as shown in the image there is a stark contrast between freshly milled Poplar lumber and the aged material. It is just another option to consider before you cover up the agreeable grain with paint. The combined factors of low cost and high availability in a variety of widths and thicknesses make Poplar an outstanding secondary or paint-grade wood that is perfect for interior building or furniture applications.
Poplar Wood Applications
In general, when the final project is to be stained or painted, there usually is no better choice than Poplar.
Poplar Lumber Specifications
|Max Crushing Strength||2660||5540||psi|
|Work to Maximum Load||8||9||in-lbs/in3|