Poplar also called tulip poplar and yellow poplar (scientific name: Liriodendron tulipifera), has a heartwood of light cream to yellow-brown color with occasional grey/green streaks. Sapwood is pale yellow to white and not distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is medium, its luster is low and its grain is straight and uniform.
Poplar is commonly found in eastern United States. It is rated moderately durable to not durable, and it is prone to insect attack.
Janka Hardness :
2,400 N (540 lbf)
Average Dried Weight :
c455 kg/m3 (29 lbs/ft3)
Good results can be achieved with either hand tools or machine tools and poplar is easy to work with in almost all regards. Its softness can cause fuzzy surfaces and edges during sanding and shaping. Get a smooth surface by using the finer grit of sandpaper.