Hello - I am considering a wainscoting project that will involve poplar
rails and stiles various 1/4 rounds and possibly (Yet TBD) raised panels. I
have all the tools and experience to mill my own stock but I have never seen
(Nor have I looked for) poplar in the rough. Can yall tell me if its cheaper
to buy 4/4 or 5/4 poplar in the rough versus s4s at the borg? Poplar cause
it will be painted.
If you can't beat the BORGS linear foot prices for poplar at a hardwood
lumber yard, you're not trying.
Unless you have a jointer and planer, even S2S1E poplar should be a lot
cheaper, and all you need is a table saw with a good fence to "mill" it to
Nope - Thanks for your input. I have only bought more what I would call
specialty lumber in furniture quantities. I guess my question was more about
buying plain ole poplar in the rough. I'll go shopping and see what I can
It's WAY cheaper. See, for example:
That's near me in NC, but you should be able to find fairly good
prices, as well, depending where you live.
It's probably cheaper to order the wood from the link above and have it
shipped than to buy it at the Borg.
A lot of the wood I've seen in Home Despot is essentially rough sawn.
The planer chatter is something unbelievable.
If you have the knowledge and equipment to mill your own stock, it's a
far better way to go. I can't comment on how wood is priced in your
area, but around here it would be cheaper to get the poplar from a
Thanks everyone for the replies - I guess I need to get off my butt and
check prices! My wood supplier deals in more specialty woods and not the
type of bulk purchase I am going to need. (Not that its THAT much wood)
As someone who's been there, done that, let me suggest that (at very
least) you opt to use MDF for the raised panels if not the rails &
stiles as well. If, as you stated, you're going to paint this, the
movement across the panels (and probably the rails & stiles) will cause
splits in the painted surface.
I created "true" raised panel wainscoting for my dining room exclusively
out of MDF. It was a lot of work and dusty, but two years later, there's
still no seams where the MDF panels/rails/stiles have moved and split
Read the gory details along with pictures at:
Thanks for the compliment (I wasn't fishing BTW). I've subsequently
learned that there are some *very* nasty chemicals in MDF that make dust
collection during routing imperative.
On a couple of projects Norm has done, he seems to favor poplar for the
rails & stiles and MDF for the panels. My guess is he's concerned the
rails/stiles won't route as "crisply" as poplar if they're MDF, but I
had no complaints.
Thanks Woody - I am actually leanning to not raising panels at all. I think
I will just do rails/styles base and cap with a 1/4 round in the frames. It
will give me the look I want and not require panels. The layout from an old
Family Handyman article that was pretty good is where my head is at at the
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