Could Poplar Work For You?

Right now, we are seeing a high demand for Poplar lumber. We believe this may be a result of its great availability- as it grows all throughout the eastern United States- but also its great applicability, with its ability to stain, paint, and machine extremely well.

With all of this going for it, Poplar can make excellent products for a variety of applications. Some of which you might expect, and some that you might be surprised with. Here are 5 of the most common uses for Poplar that we see.

  • Furniture – Poplar has always been used as a material for upholstered lumber. It is not usually used in fine furniture due to its color variation, but it is an excellent choice for framing and support.
  • Cabinets – We have found that Poplar is rarely used for its own appearance. With today’s design trends leaning towards painted cabinetry we find the practice of painting Poplar cabinets to be growing. Since it is such a durable and machinable species, Poplar is used to create cabinets in a variety shapes and sizes.
  • Mouldings & Trim – If you have moulding around the floor or ceiling of your home of office, it might just be made from Poplar! Poplar is often used for ceiling molding and trim. What makes it great for molding and trim is its ability to paint and stain well but most importantly, is that Poplar is regularly found in longer lengths, (12’,14’ & 16’). This is because its logs can be harvested in longer increments which makes it ideal for these kinds of applications.
  • Picture Frames – Over the years Poplar has grown in popularity in the manufacturing of picture frames and this continues to be a common use.
  • Pallets, boxes and crates – Due to its relatively modest price point, Poplar is a common choice for industrial type uses.  We see poplar being used in many utility type applications such as these.

At Baillie, we produce Poplar lumber at almost all of our sawmills. Widely available in 4/4 to 10/4 thicknesses, and in all grades, we can even offer Poplar lumber surfaces (S2S) or straight-line-ripped (SLR2E) upon request.

If you regularly use Polar or are thinking of trying some in your manufacturing practices, let us know. We would be happy to discuss how we can help!

Brett Del Prince
Baillie Lumber
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