Poplar 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet of Lumber

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Poplar 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet

$131.00 /Pack

1-2 $131.00
3+ $117.90 /Pack (10% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details
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$0.00 West of Mississippi River
$20.00 East of Mississippi River
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Board Foot Cheat Sheet
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hardwood lumber sizes
Poplar lumber pack comes with an assortment of widths and lengths.
Here's what you can expect:
13/16" Thickness

Also known as 4/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) to 13/16" actual thickness. May still require you to flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project.

Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

4" to 12" Widths

This is the range of widths that are usually available in this pack.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range
  • Special hand-selection is avaialble at an additional fee, please contact to inquire
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

48" to 84" Lengths

Lengths will vary within this range.

A 20 board foot Project Pack is a great way to buy some lumber because they're simple and we stand behind them with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. A Project Pack includes a total of 20 board feet of our hand-picked lumber, and you'll get a fantastic assortment of widths (typically between 4'' and 10''), and lengths (between 4' and 8'). Purchase a Project Pack when you need enough wood to make a medium sized project like a coffee table or cabinet. As usual, all the lumber is surfaced on two sides (S2S), and kiln dried.

About Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Weight

2.5

lbs /Bd. Ft.
-30.17% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

540

Janka Rating
-58.14% softer than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.42

Specific Gravity
-34.38% less dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

map of where Poplar tree grows
Poplar is a domestic wood from North America

Budget-friendly poplar beats the pants off of pine. It's soft but dense so it's delightfully easy to shape and machine. The tight grain makes the perfect choice for stain or paint, but poplar works fine with a clear finish, too.

color of Poplar
Color Range
Grayish white sapwood with greenish brown heart.
the Poplar tree
What's 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.
other names for Poplar
Other Names
American tulipwood, American whitewood, Canary whitewood, Canary wood, Canoe wood, Poplar, Popple, Saddletree, Tulip poplar, Tuliptree, Tulipwood, White poplar, Whitewood, Yellow poplar
uses for Poplar
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, jigs, drawer sides, painted furniture

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

14
Ratings Snapshot
4.7
out of 5
5 (12)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
92.9%
4.7
out of 5
5 (12)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
92.9%
14 Total Reviews
July 24, 2019
5 out of 5
Duane Leary
Review by  Anonymous 
The wood was packed very good and was as good or even better than I would pick myself.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
March 25, 2019
5 out of 5
Poplar
Review by  Paul from Texas
Just what I needed for secondary wood to build apothecary cabinet. I do wish you sold rough cut stock as I have often had difficulty milling 3/4 stock out of S2S lumber. By the time I get it there is often more than 1/16 th out of true. This project required 1/2 inch stock so I had plenty of room to mill as needed. It was unusually nice poplar as well. Thanks
Verified Buyer
Recommended
July 10, 2018
2 out of 5
Disappointed
Review by  Glen from Kirkland, Wa
Most of my order of poplar was warped and/or twisted. I’ve bought from Woodworkers Source several times in the past years. Most orders were okay but others were not very good. I read that customers can return an order if not satisfied but once the lumber is unwrapped, rewrapping it the way it was received would be very difficult if at all possible for me. I was disappointed with the order but won’t return it because it is too difficult. I’ve given away some of the boards to a friend that only needs small short pieces. I will order again in the future because their service is good.
Verified Buyer
March 26, 2018
5 out of 5
High quality straight boards.
Review by  Zachary Hunt Art from
I use Poplar to create floater frames for my artwork and am very pleased with my order!
Verified Buyer
Recommended
January 30, 2018
5 out of 5
Very Satisfied
Review by  Godinplayer from Knoxville, TN
I've been buying my lumber at the lumber yard taking a chance they have what I need in stock. Took a chance on ordering lumber via the internet and I've received two orders so far and very satisfied with both bundles of lumber I received.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
October 3, 2017
5 out of 5
Great product and service
Review by  TM from Tennessee
Excellent experience. Highly recommend and would buy more for future projects.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
14 Total Reviews
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