Poplar Wood – What is it?

Poplar wood is a species of wood most commonly used in the making of furniture, cabinets, wooden toys, plywood, etc. It is considered a hardwood, but is just about as easy to work with as pine boards or other soft woods. Poplar is a popular choice for interior work and is something that is always stocked throughout all of our Builder Surplus locations.

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Poplar boards are white/ivory in tone with green or brown streaks running through the heartwood of the board. In addition, the wood is straight grained and uniform in texture. It has a medium density which allows paints and glues to adhere very well. These characteristics lead to poplar being one of the leaders in utility hardwoods.

1x6 Poplar

1×6 Poplar boards

As mentioned earlier, poplar is used for construction plywood and also construction grade lumber. Most often, you will find it in smaller, single-family homes and sheds. Because paint and glue take to poplar exceptionally well, it is used frequently in woodworking projects, as well as cabinets and drawers.

Poplar is also a great option for a woodworker creating decorative moldings and trim work for use throughout the home. Its ability to accept a wide range of stains and paint make it attractive to the do-it-yourselfer. It can easily be used to match an existing cabinet, drawers, or molding due to it being very easily machine-worked. In turn, poplar can be used in many home remodels or facelifts. It is a utility hardwood in every sense of the word. It is also a nice inexpensive hardwood that is widely available and always in stock!

So, if a woodworking project is in your future plans, stop into a Builders Surplus near you and check out our amazing poplar board selection today! And remember, as Max T. Value always says, “When value’s a must, shop Builders Surplus!”