Knotty Alder » Alnus rubra

Why Knotty Alder?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
woodworking characteristics

Character

Lumber contains tight, sound knots throughout. 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 Knotty Alder

Color Range

Pale Yellow to Reddish Brown with dark knots
other names for Knotty Alder

Other Names

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

Some Typical Uses

Rustic furniture, entry doors, moldings, turning, carving, toys, plywood, veneer, cabinets, musical instruments.
the Knotty 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 Knotty Alder tree grows in North America
map of where this wood grows
Weight

2.33

lbs /Bd. Ft.
-34.92% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

590

Janka Rating (?)
-54.26% softer than red oak(1290 lbf)
Density

0.41

Specific Gravity (?)
-35.94% less dense than red oak(.64)

Woodworking with Knotty Alder:

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Video Tutorial

Learn about woodworking with Knotty Alder

Alder Knotty 4/4 Lumber
Alder Knotty 4/4 Lumber
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Ratings Snapshot
4.5
out of 5
Would recommend this product.
$2.79 /Bd. Ft.
+ Volume Discounts
Alder Knotty 6/4 Lumber
Alder Knotty 6/4 Lumber
2
Ratings Snapshot
5
out of 5
Would recommend this product.
$2.99 /Bd. Ft.
+ Volume Discounts
Alder Knotty 8/4 Lumber
Alder Knotty 8/4 Lumber
1
Ratings Snapshot
5
out of 5
Would recommend this product.
$3.29 /Bd. Ft.
+ Volume Discounts
Alder Knotty 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet
Alder Knotty 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet of Lumber
2
Ratings Snapshot
4
out of 5
Would recommend this product.
Flat Rate U.S. Shipping!
$65.00 /Pack
+ Volume Discounts
Alder Knotty 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet
Alder Knotty 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet of Lumber
8
Ratings Snapshot
4.125
out of 5
Would recommend this product.
Flat Rate U.S. Shipping!
$102.00 /Pack
+ Volume Discounts
Alder Knotty 4/4 PRO Pack: 100 Board Feet
Alder Knotty 4/4 PRO Pack: 100 Board Feet of Lumber
7
Ratings Snapshot
4.571
out of 5
Would recommend this product.
Flat Rate U.S. Shipping!
$406.00 /Pack