Poplar Tulipwood Cut to Size

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Estimated dispatch 15/12/2023

Our Cut-To-Size Poplar, or Tulipwood Timber as it's also known, is a cost-effective wood material derived from Eastern States of America. Characterised by its smooth feel and light colouring, Poplar is a fairly strong and durable hardwood that can be glued, stained, polished and painted effectively.

Name: Liriodendrun Tulipifera

Uses: Construction, furniture parts, interior joinery, doors, plywood, pallet boxes, mouldings and veneers.

Country of Origin: An Eastern North American variety of the Liriodendron tree. The Tulipifera is found in the east of North America and is considered to be one of the most desirable hardwood trees in that area of the country. It can be found in New York, Northern Florida, Louisiana and South Ontario. Valleys, the bottom of streams, mountain slopes that receive a lot of moisture and lower mountain coves are the typical habitats for this species.

Woodshop’s Preferred Finish: Rustins Wood Dye, Rustins Chalky Finish Paint

Durability: Non-durable (Less than 5 years)

Density: 350 - 500 Density (Kg/m³)

Colour(s): It can be hard to differentiate between heartwood and sapwood colours. Normally Poplar heartwoods are pale cream to yellow-brown, sometimes with streaky lines of green and grey present. The sapwood is pale yellow or white and can blend seamlessly into the heartwood colours.

The Timber: Poplar/Tulipwood is a soft and fairly lightweight hardwood. It’s set apart by its smooth appearance, muted natural lustre, straight and consistent grain and medium texture.

Strength: Comparable to Idigbo in strength with slight durability, low hardness and low stiffness, but good dimensional stability. When cut-to-size, this is much more of a functional timber that’s brilliantly suited to interior projects.

Working Qualities: Very easy to work with due to its softness and low density. It nails and takes screws without risk of splitting and responds well to both hand and machine tools. It’s also great for carving and turning and glues, stains, polishes and paints to a great standard. Although the softness of the wood may cause some fuzziness on the edges when shaping up and sanding, the use of a finer grit will yield a higher-quality finished material.

There is quite a wide colour variation with Poplar, from cream-white to lime green. When sprayed and finished, it leaves a nice, smooth texture.

Uses: Internal

Customer Reviews

67 Reviews

Excellent service

by Hkay5931 (06/25/2023)

Good quality shelving, exactly type and size we requested, packed well for delivery which was something that was a concern initially for me. Looking great in our alcove. Delivery was also excellent.

My First Woodshop Direct order

by Ivycott (03/22/2023)

It's the first time I have purchased from Woodshop Direct, but probably not the last! Once the order was placed, I was kept informed of progress right through to the delivery. The tulipwood ordered was of a good quality, and all sizes were spot on!

Excellent product and service

by Paul.canning (02/08/2023)

Great company, easy to use ordering process and arrived well packaged, excellent service

Exactly as ordered

by Paulmrmillard (01/26/2023)

As ordered and well packaged.


by F89-6x2 (01/24/2023)

Spot on, exactly what I asked for and very prompt dispatch. Thank you

Perfectly measured, cut and finished

by Pat.mullins (07/18/2022)

Perfectly measured, cut and finished

Excellent quality

by Pat.mullins (07/18/2022)

Excellent quality

Good service and quality finished product

by Lythgomelanie (07/16/2022)

Wood shop direct provide a good service and the wood is accurately described and cut with a good finish. My only suggestion would to be to have a cheaper delivery option for smaller orders.

Prompt service and great quality

by Leonie_hirst (05/05/2022)

Ordered precut wood for a furniture project; the wood was great quality and cut beautifully. Really happy and would order again- already planning the next project!

Excellent quality

by Ian Watling (04/28/2022)

Excellent quality, sizes as required. Both myself and my customer were impressed.

Delivery Information

  • Express delivery on all orders once machined.
  • Click & Collect is available from our Falmouth store.
  • All orders are expertly packed to ensure against damages.
  • Delivery costs will be automatically calculated using the weight, size and delivery location of your order so delivery rates will vary. 

Palletised Delivery Information

  • Due to the size and weight of goods, some items will be sent via a roadside palletised delivery.
  • We will contact you prior to dispatch to arrange a convenient weekday delivery.
  • If a large curtain-sided lorry (the size of a double-decker bus) is unable to access/vacate your premises or pull-up outside the property (restricted access) your pallet may be sent on a ‘Book-In’ service, which means your local depot will contact you and arrange a date and suitable delivery transport with you. Your local delivery depot will call the next working day after dispatch to book the delivery with you for delivery within 5 working days.
  • If a large curtain-sided lorry (the size of a double-decker bus) is able to access your premises and pull up outside the property, your pallet can be delivered on the next weekday suitable for you. Please let us know by 11:00 am the day before, so that we can dispatch in time. 
  • Please be aware, if a forklift is unavailable at the delivery address (e.g. a residential address) people will be required to unload from the pallet by hand. This is for the health and safety of the delivery driver.

  • We use a third-party courier service who have a strict policy on abuse or harassment towards their drivers. In any case where there is abuse or harassment, the driver is within their rights to refuse delivery.

  • It is your responsibility to dispose of all packaging and pallets, this is for the health and safety of the delivery driver.

Please download Pallettrack's Home Delivery guide for more information on their roadside delivery service.



  • If you wish to arrange a collection with a courier of your choice then we are more than happy to package the goods for you. Please email us your full cutting list for specific prices and estimated weight and dimensions.
  • Contactless collection is an option for any order. Our collections take place at our workshop in Falmouth, Cornwall between the hours of 9 am-4 pm any weekday excluding bank holidays.
  • We will contact you once the goods are ready to collect, so a convenient timeslot can be arranged. 

Returns should be sent to the following address:

Sprucewool Ltd 
Bickland Business Centre
Tregoniggie Industrial Estate
Bickland Water Road
TR11 4SN

Please see our full returns policy in our terms of supply document (Clause 9)