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Poplar Dowel Rods

Poplar is a reliable dowel rod with excellent strength and stability. It takes gluing and screwing well. Poplar can easily look like maple or walnut when stained right. Poplar dowel rod sizes include diameters of: 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 1-3/4" and 2 inches.

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TYPE OF WOOD:  Popular is a hardwood and is strong but has a light to medium weight.

COLOR: Cream-white to very pale straw coloring.

GRAIN:  Straight grained with a fine even texture.

STRENGTH:  One of the strongest woods. There are only a few other woods stronger than Poplar.

FINISHING:  It paints and varnishes to a great finish. however, staining can be patchy sometimes.

KILN DRIED:  Kiln dried dowel rods have a moisture content of 6 to 8%. Popular resists warping.


Should I use a Poplar for outside projects?

It is not recommended for exterior use.

Where does Poplar come from?

It is widespread through the Eastern United States.

Can I run a small channel down the side of the dowel for glue?

You can make a small cut can be made down the length of the dowel rod to allow any air and glue.