Got a call today to pick up some free pallet material from a lumber yard.
It was half a pickup load of 5/4 rough oak and poplar about 4' long. The
lack of consideration is that they left some screws in it and left it
outside in the rain, dont these people know that if you give something away
for free you should have some consideration for the poor guy picking it up.
:) oh well, it gives me something to do on Saturday, anybody got any ideas
for the poplar, havn't seen many uses for it posted? Off to make some
Poplar is great for stuff being painted. Good for Faux finishing (cherry,
walnut in particular), and used for drawer sides. It has the properties of
being smooth no knots and most defects are color based and can be bleached
Plus it grows fast, and is more easily replenished than many of the more
Oak trees take a looong time to grow. There's an enormous one near my
house. I can't help looking at it and thinking now many bf of wood I could
get out of that thing, but it's also a 5' diameter tree in a world
populated with little spindly 12-20" diameter saplings. There's just no
telling what tales that tree could tell. It's probably been growing since
my great grandfather's parents were kids. Cutting it down would be a
OTOH, it's on a site marked "WILL BUILD TO SUIT" and I figure it's a goner.
If it has to come down anyway, I'd like to have its wood and make something
out of it.
I'm kind of hoping the eventual owner of that site has enough decency to
make a little employee picnic area around the thing and leave it be though.
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Poplar is one of the easiest woods I've worked with (upside), but it's also
one of the most boring in appearance (downside). So, like Young Carpenter
said, it's great for items being painted.
But also great for making mockups! If you're making a complicated project
with good (pricey) wood, it wouldn't hurt to make a mockup using poplar, if
you've got some around. I know I've done plenty of projects where a trial
run would have made sense. Most of the time I don't have much spare wood
lying around...but if I got a load of free poplar, that would have been
where some of it had been used.
Also good for making jigs that you don't need to last long.
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My daughter wants a bed made for her room, and wants it between royal and
navy blue. Would poplar keep the expense down and take to a dye very well.
I was thinking of using the RIT dye technique and then sealing and topping
it off with for protection. She doesn't want a ton of grain showing, but a
small amount would be fine. When reading your earlier reply, it seems as if
poplar would be the answer. Thanks.
I plan on testing it today. The people who are into itarsia and turning say
it works great, and there is 25 or 35 different colors. And it is much less
expensive than other dyes. So here's hoping.....
My full assessment of Poplar will be in a few weeks when I start to work on
it for a cabinet.
Sounds like a good idea though. If you can find Poplar for a decent price.
I have been quoted up to 2.25 for #2 common! only 100 mi away I found some
for 1.00 so you see the price difference. You may want to think about a
bleaching technique if you will dye it. The color variations (from Lt.
Green-blonde-deep purple) in just one board may interfere with the dye.
Never used dye so I am a bit unfamiliar with its finished look.
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