On Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:43:52 PM UTC-5, Michael wrote:
What are you using it for?
Some lumber yards sell finger jointed poplar which is much cheaper, but still
poplar, so it takes paint very well. The 1 x 6's I recently bought were truly
finger jointed (finger joints seen on the edges, cross-wise glue joints on the
face. The 1 x 8's were edge glued boards, made up of 1" - 2" strips, i.e.
glue joints running the length of the boards. It was all classified as finger
jointed in their system, as opposed to "clear poplar".
I found that when gluing up some panels with the 1 x 8's, my glue joints
were stronger than the factory glue joints.
On Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:42:24 PM UTC-5, Michael wrote:
Just to be clear...
Finger jointed (or edge glued) poplar is not rough. It's S4S just like the
clear Poplar. At least stuff I can get is. I just used some for the face
frames and doors of 2 base cabinets.
One caution: Be aware of where the glue joints are. I ripped a piece of
the edge glued poplar down for a door style. I then cut the grove for the
panel. After I assembled the door I realize that the groove ended right
at a glue joint so there was no longer any support under it. The glue
joint split open. I injected some glue in the split and used some thin
strips of - wait for it - Poplar as "horizontal spring clamps" while the
glue dried. If you zoom on the outlined area, you can sort of tell where
I glued the glue joint back together.
For a while I used to buy rough cut lumber and even S2S. Now days my
time is worth much more than the cost to take odd sized lumber and make
it usable, especially when I am selling my work. I am not going to
charge a customer the cost for "me" to mill the lumber when the cost of
S4S is a fraction more in cost.
Getting uniform sized S4S is also a big time saver when planning how
much to buy and how to cut it.
As your have found out, your mistake was not getting the cost of
materials before quoting a price.
Years ago I bought some freshly sawn poplar to use as batten strips. I asked
the sawyer, jokingly, how long I needed to dry it before using it. He looked up
in the air, thought a second, and said to just lean it up against the house
until tomorrow. He said poplar was open grain and the water would run right out
I figured he was pulling my leg, so went home and unloaded, but did lean a few
boards up against the house while I went to lunch. A couple hours later I came
out and there were puddles under each board. I leaned all the rest of the stack
up against the house, and handled some nice light boards a day or two later. 35
years later I was back to visit the old house, and the battens were still in
place. I didn't think poplar would weather that well, but it did.
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