Use this calculator to help you estimate how much board footage you'd like to buy. Remember, if you're calculating based on a required finished size you'll also need to estimate some extra so you have enough to work with to achieve your desired size.
You'll have to cut your own pieces to size. Hardwood lumber is sold as a bulk raw product, which means that our stacks of lumber have a big variety of sizes most often from 4" up to 12" wide, and 6' to 16' long.
Only some unusual exotic woods are narrower than 4" and under 6' long. This is clearly stated when that's the case, everything else is larger.
We always ship the longest boards possible, and rarely ship boards less than 48" long unless you request shorter. The longest we can ship by UPS is 96" (that's 8').
For general fine woodworking, the various widths and lengths meet the needs and desires of woodworkers building furniture, cabinetry, and fine woodwork. But we do understand that certain projects have some requirements, and we're happy to help you out.
Here's how we can help you get the sizes you need:
We can hand-select material that will yield what you need. Type your needs into the "Selection Request" field right above the Add to Cart button above when you place your order. 4 things to know about size requests
We can do some limited custom milling such as planing to a different thickness and straight-line ripping one edge. Please call or email to talk about your needs.
Other Good things To Know
Grade:Select & Better.. See our page about Hardwood Grading for some details about common lumber grades and their definitions.
Extra Discount:25% off for 100+
Lumber Thickness Compared:
The thickness of hardwood lumber is expressed as a fraction. Here are the various lumber thicknesses compared to one another.
What's the wood like?
Fine textured, soft and lightweight. Easily worked and takes paint exceptionally well. Frequently finished to look like other woods.
How's the color?
Grayish white sapwood with greenish brown heart.
Does it go by other names?
American tulipwood, American whitewood, Canary whitewood, Canary wood, Canoe wood, Poplar, Popple, Saddletree, Tulip poplar, Tuliptree, Tulipwood, White poplar, Whitewood, Yellow poplar
What could I use it for?
Furniture, cabinets, jigs, drawer sides, painted furniture
What is the tree like?
A tall, stately tree. May reach 150 feet high with a trunk up to 10 feet and free of branches for up to 90 feet.
The tree grows in
Eastern USA & Canada.
Average Customer Rating:
6 Reviews You can rate it and share your thoughts with others.
Part 1-A, 3.18.2013
Reviewer: David Zech (Vienna, VA)
This is as good as poplar can be. Clear grain, and 100% usable. Perfectly sized for the four identical pieces that it will produce. Amazing how well this was selected. Woodworkers Source has already been recommended to friends.
Popular Wood, 12.6.2012
Reviewer: RAS (Manassas, VA)
The 80bf of popular I received was very nice and consistent. Having been a long term customer, the pricey shipping cost took my breath away.
Good Stuff, 8.7.2012
Reviewer: A. Green (Byhalia, MS)
Received Lumber in good condition. Packaging was only slightly torn. Ordered 40BF that had only 1 knot in 1 board. This caused me no trouble at all. I am well pleased with this order and will order again.
Slim is an awesome guy, 12.28.2010
Reviewer: Don Sullivan (Orem, UT)
beautiful wood, well packaged, I wish I could have been there for the parade.
Somewhat Disappointed, 12.17.2010
Reviewer: WHB (Los Osos, CA)
Along with this purchase of 80 Ft of poplar, I also bought 130 Ft of soft maple and red oak -- online, sight unseen. I was completely satisfied with the maple and oak - see my reviews. But my experience with this poplar is much different.
First - the good. Communication has been excellent. Packaging was well done, and delivery was very fast. Square footage was right on. The grain pattern and color is pretty good and waste will be under 10%.
Now the not-so-good. I bought this for use as painted faceframe, door stile and rail, and drawer front stock. Despite allowing two weeks for acclimation, of the 25 or so boards I got, only 6 will be acceptable for my use. All of the other boards are so badly warped that they cannot be used as door frames or drawer fronts. Maybe I should have expected this of 4/4 S2S poplar sourced from AZ. I can salvage enough of this stock for the faceframes, but will have to substitute locally available clear pine for the rest of my project.