Poplar 8/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Poplar 8/4 Lumber

$4.19 /Board Feet

1-99 $4.19 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $3.14 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details

The actual footage you receive will be slightly different from what you order, therefore your final billed amount will be a little different. This is because we hand select your lumber from inventory of various widths and lengths - every board is unique and different in size (except thickness).
Read this for more info

Board Foot Cheat Sheet
Learn How To Estimate Lumber Needs

About Lumber Sizes & Shipping Length Restrictions

Poplar lumber comes in random sizes, but within certain ranges. Here's what you can expect.

4" to 12" Widths

Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range. You can request specific widths or add a straight edge rip in the order form.

6' to 12' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock. We always try to ship the longest possible lengths, but to make it easier on you and us, request length ranges in the order form.

Length Shipping Restrictions
84" (7') long max
We always try to ship the longest lengths possible, depending on the quantity you order and what we have available at that time. But 7' is the longest length we can reasonably ship by UPS & FedEx
8' to 12' long is possible
8' and longer can be shipped truck freight, but this method is usually economical only for shipments that are at least 350 lbs (approx 100 board feet); Please contact us if you have questions.

1-13/16" Thickness

Also known as 8/4, S2S. Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 1-3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project..
Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

How Lumber Ordering Works

1

Decide how much you need in Board Feet. Best way to get help with this is to use our Project Planner worksheet

2

Consider how much extra you want for arranging grain or color, fixing mistakes, testing cut set ups or finishes.

3

Choose your size requirements, if you have any, in the order form.

Fine textured, soft and lightweight. Easily worked and takes paint exceptionally well. Frequently finished to look like other woods with dyes or stains.

About Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

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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 101: What to Know About Hardwood Lumber

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. Pick a wood you like
  2. Decide how much you need
  3. Give us your specs (if you have any)

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

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Ratings Snapshot
4.6
out of 5
5 (7)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
88.9%
4.6
out of 5
5 (7)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
88.9%
9 Total Reviews
May 17, 2020
5 out of 5
Poplar 8/4
Review by  Bob from Boston area
Good wood to work with and the price is right
Verified Buyer
Recommended
April 19, 2020
5 out of 5
Beautiful selection of wood
Review by  Clovis from West Monroe, LA
You guys are the best! Number one in customer service hands down. I am recommending you to all my friends, err acquaintances or anybody that asks.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
November 12, 2019
5 out of 5
Poplar 8/4
Review by  Anonymous 
I had to recreate a threshold for 1940s home. Some sparse water exposure. Shaped a piece of 8/4 poplar. It was a beautiful piece of wood that ended up painting (deck and floor paint) for some protection against door traffic. Hated to paint it it was that beautiful of a piece of lumber.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
March 13, 2017
5 out of 5
Great Wood, Even Better Cost
Review by  Father Ed from MD
We were delighted to receive the wood we ordered with no knots and close-to-perfect, solid wood. Easy wood to work with and finish.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
August 1, 2013
2 out of 5
8/4 Popular
Review by  JL from Alexandria, La Rapides
Disappointed in the product. Some boards had stress cracks from improper drying while others still contained bark and are not full 8/4 stock. I had previously purchased 3/4 inch stock and was extremely pleased with the product and expected the same quality with the 8/4.
January 31, 2013
5 out of 5
First timer-Great, as far I as can tell
Review by  Josiah from Somerville, NJ 8876
I made an entry door with this poplar, and it was super dry and stable (so far). Arrived in great shape and milled up well. Time will tell the rest.
Recommended
9 Total Reviews
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