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Old 08-29-2011, 03:35 PM   #1
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How long does it take for poplar to age the green out?


I read in a post on some other forum that the green in poplar will age to brown. First of all, is this true? If so is this something that happens over a year or two or does it take many years? My googling of the subject is not turning up much information.

I'm thinking of getting some poplar doors because of the maple-ish cherry-ish grain at a price I could actually afford but they're just so ... green.

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I read in a post on some other forum that the green in poplar will age to brown. First of all, is this true? If so is this something that happens over a year or two or does it take many years? My googling of the subject is not turning up much information.

I'm thinking of getting some poplar doors because of the maple-ish cherry-ish grain at a price I could actually afford but they're just so ... green.
I've got poplar boards in the garage 10 years old, they're still green.
Look at Alder as option for cherry.

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I rebuilt a staircase in a house built in 1863----The poplar was still green----Kind if a long wait I believe.
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Thanks guys. Good to know.

Alder you say? I'll look into it. It's actually clear coated pine (my windows) or clear coated maple (the window trim) that I would be trying to match if I were going to match exactly. But pine and maple is a lot more expensive than oak or poplar and it's not worth that much more to me to match. I'll probably just get oak, stain it really dark and act like the contrast was an intentional asthetic choice. The original doors/trim didn't match either. They were pine stained reddish brown. When the previous owners replaced the windows they for some reason went with maple.
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Sounds like a real mixed up bag of woods there----Pine 6 panel prehungs are reasonably priced --$130 OR so each.
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Yep, it is. I have to special order the doors because those stock pre-hungs don't have wide enough jams for my thick walls. It's always something. Oh well, I'm not a big fan of the six panel style anyway. I like the shaker look.

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