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Alder (Botanical: Alnus rubra)

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Alder By The Numbers:

2.33
lbs per board foot
Red Oak weighs 3.58 /BF
-34.92% lighter than red oak
590
Janka Hardness Rating (lbs-force) (?)
Red Oak is 1290
-54.26% softer than red oak
0.41
Specific Gravity (?)
Red Oak is .64
-35.94% less dense than red oak

Alder Compared to Red Oak:

General
Workability
Nice
Difficult




Wood
Texture
Fine
Coarse




Ease of
Finishing
Easy
Difficult




woodworking characteristics

Alder Wood Characteristics

A soft, relatively low-strength, straight-grained, even-textured wood. Works well with hand and machine tools, but sharp cutting edges need to be maintained to prevent tearing the grain. The wood is rarely wider than 6 due to the small size of the trees.
color of Alder

Color Range

Pale Yellow to Reddish Brown.
other names for Alder

Other Names

Alder, Oregon alder, Pacific coast alder, Red alder, Western alder
uses for Alder

Some Typical Uses

Rustic furniture, entry doors, moldings, turning, carving, toys, plywood, veneer, cabinets, musical instruments.
the Alder tree

What's the Tree Like?

A relatively small tree, reaching about 50ft in height and producing a trunk in diameter up to 15''. The Alder tree grows in Pacific Coast of North America.
map of where this wood grows

Alder Lumber Products for Sale with Prices

$8.00 /ea.

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$3.97 /Board Feet

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$2.09 /Board Feet

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Buy Alder 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet

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Buy Alder 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet

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$89.00 /Pack

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Reg. Price $576.00
$565.00 /Pack

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