I’m going to surmise that you’ve never used alder for woodworking projects. Few woodworkers have. On a whole, they’re just too busy making beautiful things with walnut or cherry or oak to stop and consider this wood. Poor souls. It’s time to pause for a minute.
Down in the southwestern U.S. we see it often, and for good reason. It’s plentiful, easy to work with, people like the look, and – um, get ready for this one – it’s pretty, it’s cheap . . . pretty cheap.
Wait. Stop. Don’t smack your computer screen. You read that right.