Hi folks! Judith Conrad wrote:
>Liriodendron tulipifera, in the Magnolia family. Very
>elegant tree, with huge flowers in spring, unlike most
>lumber-trade trees. It is planted as an ornamental in
>Europe. The wood is among the lightest of the hardwoods.
According to my trusty Corkhill, yellow poplar (l.
tulipifera) is by no means the lightest hardwood having a
density of .45, which is about the same as true poplar.
It is, however easier to work. It's a beautifully
satisfying wood to use. it cuts cleanly, planes
beautifully, and takes paint very well. The only downside
is its variable appearance. I have some that is a muddy
greenish brown with wide jet-black streaks. I also have
some that is pale cream (not sapwood which is white).
The lightest hardwood I could find during a perfunctory
perusal is balsa, which has a density of .15! (Spruce is
.4 to .55 depending on variety, and walnut is .65).
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