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     poplar vs. basswood - see and feel the difference

Both Poplar and Basswood are used to make Shutters. Which one do you choose? Poplar is harder than basswood…feel the difference. Poplar is so hard your shutters are less likely to crack, split, warp, shrink, nor will staples come out, compared to basswood. Poplar is an ideal wood for furniture and cabinets, whereas basswood is ideal for carving. Why do so many companies sell basswood and do not offer poplar. Basswood is readily available here in the southwest and poplar is readily available in the east. Since we have a plant in the east, we have access to poplar, we can give you this great opportunity to make your choose. See the difference, feel the difference and make your choice

 

Poplar
Liriodendron tulipife
 

Other Names: Yellow Poplar, Tulip Wood

Poplar trees grow taller than any other U.S. hardwood species and they are members of the magnolia family.
 

Where it Grows
Widespread throughout Eastern U.S. Tree heights can reach 150 feet.

 Main Uses
Light construction, furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, musical instruments, exterior trim and siding, paneling, mouldings and millwork, edge-glued panels, turnings and carvings.

Working Properties
A versatile wood that is easy to machine, plane, turn, glue and bore. It dries easily with minimal movement in performance and has little tendency to split when nailed. It takes and holds paint, enamel and stain exceptionally well.

Physical Properties
A medium density wood with low bending, shock resistance, stiffness and compression values, with a medium steam-bending classification. Excellent strength and stability

Basswood
Tilia americana
 

Other Names: Linden

The name comes from its inner bark, or bast, used by Native Americans to make rope.
 

Where it Grows
Principally the Northern and Lake states. Average tree height is 65 feet.

Main Uses
Carvings, turnings, pattern-making, mouldings, millwork and musical instruments.
 


Working Properties
Basswood machines well and is easy to work with hand tools making it a premier carving wood. It nails, screws, and glues fairly well and can be sanded and stained to a good smooth finish. It has fairly high shrinkage but good dimensional stability when dry.

Physical Properties
The wood is light and soft with generally low strength properties and a poor steam-bending classification

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