Why Choose Alder?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.
What's in the Pack?
- Minimum widths of 4"+
- Choose your length between 3', 4' or 5'
|Thickness||4/4, S2S is 13/16" thick|
|Length||3', 4' or 5'|
About Lumber Sizes & Shipping Length Restrictions
The width above is the minimum width you should expect to receive in this pack. Our lumber is stocked in random widths, so you may receive board 1-3" wider than the width above. You can request a straight edge rip in the order form.
3', 4' or 5' Lengths
Choose your length
Also known as 4/4, S2S. .
Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"
About Alder (Alnus rubra)View All Alder Products
2.33lbs /Bd. Ft.
Ease of Finishing
Alder is a domestic wood from North America
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.
Pale Yellow to Reddish Brown.
A relatively small tree, reaching about 50ft in height and producing a trunk in diameter up to 15".
Alder, Oregon alder, Pacific coast alder, Red alder, Western alder
Rustic furniture, entry doors, moldings, turning, carving, toys, plywood, veneer, cabinets, musical instruments.
Lumber 101: What to Know About Hardwood Lumber
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
- Pick a wood you like
- Decide how much you need
- Give us your specs (if you have any)
It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.
Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.
|Rough Sawn (RGH)||Surfaced (S2S)|
Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.
Check out our blog for the full explanation.Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another
If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:
- Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
- Tell us what you want to acheive or make
- You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
- We may need to contact you for clarification
You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.
If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.
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