Appalachian Species & Grades

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Poplar

Other Common Names: Tulipwood, tulip-poplar, white-poplar, yellow poplar, whitewood

Poplar is one of the most common utility hardwoods in the United States. Its sapwood is white, sometimes with stripes; the heartwood is usually tan, but can range from greenish brown to dark green, purple, black, blue and yellow. The wood is straight grained, uniform in texture and moderate to light weight. It has a medium density, machines and glues well. It takes a variety of finishes well. Yellow poplar is used in furniture, doors, millwork, baskets and picture frames.

It is also used for pallets, crates, construction grade lumber and plywood.

Grades Avilable:

PROPERTIES

  • Machining 4
  • Nailing 5
  • Screwing 3
  • Gluing 5
  • Finishing 5

PROPERTIES OF WHITE OAK

Very easy to work in almost all regards. There are few downsides to using Poplar including its softness, bending strength and shear strength.

HOW DOES IT COMPARE

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Lumber
(12 % moisture content)
Specific Gravity
(Density)
Dimensional
R
(%)
Movement
T
(%)
Hardness
(lbs)
Compression
Parallel
(ps)
Bending
Strength
(ps)
Bending
Stiffness
(kps)
Grain
Alder, red (Western).414.47.3590582098001380Fine
Ash.604.97.813207410154001770FIne
Birch, Yellow.627.39.512608170166002010FIne
Cherry, Black.454.27.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Hemlock.457.37.812607200113001630Moad/Course
Hickory.624.29.5540113001630Moad/Course
Maple, PC (Big Leaf).627.37.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Maple, silver (soft).627.37.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Maple, sugar (hard).627.37.81260113001630Moad/Course
Oak, Red (Northern).627.37.8540113001630Moad/Course
Oak, White.627.37.812607200113001630Moad/Course
Poplar, yellow.627.37.8540113001630Moad/Course
Walnut, black.657.37.8540113001630Moad/Course
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