Wooden Guy



Janka Hardness

Specific Gravity


  • Eastern United States.


  • Mostly a cream or yellowish brown color with streaks of gray or green in the board. Purple colored streaks in the wood are a result of mineral staining, with the more multi-colored streaks being referred to as Rainbow Poplar. Grain is straight and uniform with a medium texture. Pores of the lumber are closed. Poplar is the most common utility wood in the United States.

How well does it work?

  • Poplar is one of the easiest species to work with hand and machine tools. The softness of the species may leave fuzzy surfaces and edges during shaping or sanding. Using a finer grit of sandpaper may be required for a smooth surface. Turning, gluing, staining, painting and drilling are rated as excellent.

Seasoning and Durability

  • Decay resistance is considered moderately durable to non-durable.


  • Poplar may have eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. Severe reactions are uncommon.

Common Uses

  • Cabinetry, furniture frames, pallets, crates, and many other utility needs. Seldom used for appearance, with the exception of Rainbow Poplar.
  • * Stock is currently available in limited quanities. This generally means we have less than 500 BF, or the stock is either all narrow or an odd length.