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Poplar Populus species
ROUGH LUMBER FOR BOXES AND CRATES
Poplar comes in many forms, which are occasionally referred to as aspen. However, it should not be confused with tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera), which is sometimes called yellow poplar. The various species of aspen and poplar are used primarily for utilitarian jobs such as rough framing, posts, boxes, crates, plywood and matches, but also for some interior trim work. The lumber is not suitable for furniture making. Nevertheless, it does not split when nailed and is light and relatively easy to work, so it's ideal for practical tasks.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate hardwood
Other names European black poplar (U.K.), European aspen (U.S.), cottonwood
Species Eastern cottonwood (P. deltoides), trembling aspen (P. tremuloides), balsam poplar (P. balsamifera), P. nigra, P. canadensis, P. robusta, P. tremula
Alternatives American whitewood (Liriodendron tulipifera) Sources Europe and North America
Color Irregular cream and brown bands with silvery interlocking patches at right angles to the grain pattern.
Texture Generally even, but neither fine nor coarse, and certainly fibrous.
Grain Generally straight, but can also be wavy and interlocking.
Hardness Soft
Weight Light (28 lb./cu. ft.) (450 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
It is safe to buy any aspen or poplar, whether or not it is certified. It is easy to acquire, and invariably cheap.



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