Among other natural wood resources, poplar wood is an inexpensive wood but it has an ability to imitate expensive woods such as maple, oak and cherry thus serving as a common utility hardwood, and is being most widely used for the making of furniture, boat buildings, and other wood working projects. It has heartwood having white color streaked with green or brown color and it has gained popularity due to its fine texture and very less knots that makes it quite trouble-free to work with.
Poplar wood is a kind of wood that can be classified as both hardwood and softwood. It could be considered as one of the hardest type of soft wood in some circles, while classified as hardwood at the softer end of the scale in other. This is why it looks similar to those woods that are exotic and 2 to 3 times as much costly.
It is quite easy to work with poplar wood when it comes to the projects that require painting, because it can easily absorb paint while staining on this wood is comparatively difficult and time-consuming. Staining creates a very blotchy effect therefore, a couple coats of pre-stain wood conditioner would be a great idea to follow prior to staining. This conditioner will make staining more even and popped a bit more.
Usually the poplar grows straight and true thus becoming the most opted choice for craftsmen to work on the projects that needs to be as straight as possible such as deck posts or rails. Further, the wood is quite good for purposes of making guitar, piano and other musical instruments and shows excellent gluing qualities however, it can also easily take nails and screws.
Poplar wood is a very soft wood thus it has low bending strength and shock resistance so one needs to be curious while working on this type of wood. This wood is good for trim work, molding, edged-glued panels and plywood and can produce fine texture results if treated with sharp cutters. If in case the sharpness is less than optimal then poplar may prone to tear.
It is a very popular wood for both in and out of home projects and one can create a variety of poplar wood projects by dealing with a variety of poplar types and colors. Indulging in turning of poplar with lathe is just a downright addiction being a most compelling woodwork activity. When Washington University demonstrated the characteristics of hybrid poplar at new hybrid poplar demonstration center, everyone involved in the project provided very gratified and positive perceptions about its benefits which conclude that poplar wood is easy to work with due to its dimensional stability, light weight and low rate of defects.
Source by Ron Timmons