Poplar is usually not the first choice of wood for fine woodworking projects. Would it change our perception if poplar could be finished to look as beautiful as cherry or walnut? It does not have vivid grain pattern, but with the correct finishing system it can be made to look like very expensive woods, both domestic and exotic. With a bit of color theory, students can turn the green heartwood into a very attractive color. A bit more color knowledge and the sapwood can be blended in to match the heartwood. Poplar is relatively inexpensive, so learn wood working skills on this wood and then learn how to turn it into the look of more expensive woods. It will be our secret.