Poplar

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yellow-poplar

Description

Tulip Poplar or Yellow Poplar is related to the magnolia tree. Distribution is widespread throughout the United States. Poplar is the tallest North American hardwood with heights reaching 200 feet. Poplar grows straight and fast–logs yield lumber with good width and length.

Common Uses

Poplar is used in a multitude of items such as mouldings, ladders, fixtures, organs, caskets, painted furniture, siding, plywood, panelling, woodenware, toys, piano rims, billiard tables, musical instruments, patterns and interior and exterior trim.

Appearance

Poplar’s growth rings appear distinct in some boards and indistinct in others. Heartwood is a pale olive brown to yellow brown color. Sapwood is lighter–off-white or gray white with greenish hues. Poplar can be easily painted and is often stained to match darker, more expensive hardwoods. It has relatively straight grain and a fine, uniform texture.

Workability

With a medium to soft density, Poplar machines well and can be worked easily with hand tools. Poplar’s growth rings appear distinct in some boards and indistinct in others.

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