Build Better-Looking Projects with Poplar

posted 2/7/2019 in Kreg Tool Tips: Wood Buying by Kreg Tool

Build Better-Looking Projects with Poplar

Build Better-Looking Projects with Poplar

Although pine is a very popular choice for DIY projects, there is another choice that is perfect for project-building. Poplar is readily available in home centers in the same dimensional sizes as pine, so you'll have no issues cutting parts to the same sizes. 

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Advantages of Working with Poplar

Advantages of Working with Poplar 

One of poplar's biggest advantages is its appearance. Compared to pine, poplar has a much nicer-looking grain pattern. Poplar can also be finished in many ways. It takes paint really well. Plus it's easy to stain. You can easily stain poplar to mimic expensive hardwoods like walnut and cherry. 

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Great for Pocket-Hole Joinery

Great for Pocket-Hole Joinery

While harder than pine, poplar is still easy to cut and drill. Also, it holds screws very well so you don't have to worry about stripping out the pocket holes. 

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SO DO YOU USE FINE OR COARSE THREAD SCREWS WITH POPLAR? 

Poplar is one of those "in-between woods." Though it's a hardwood, poplar can be hard or kind of soft, depending on the tree. We recommend starting out with fine-thread screws for poplar. If you have issues with the threads stripping the holes, try switching to coarse. But, fine works most of the time.