Alder Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")

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Alder Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")

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48 U.S., standard ground

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Alder Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")

Get your hands on a wood you've never tried before! It's simple. Samples are milled on all sides to the standard size of 1/2'' X 3'' X 6'', as determined by The International Wood Collectors Society, and include the shipping cost within the 48 U.S. Each one is labeled with the botanical and common names. Use these to test finishes and stains, to compare color and grain characteristics, etc.
 
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 Size Is This?
Thickness 1/2"
Width 3"
Length 6"
Grade Samples are milled on all sides, cut square and sanded; wood is a product of nature with inconsistencies from piece to piece. Use species samples as a guide, not a perfect representation.
Approximated, actual size may vary +/- 1/8"

About Alder (Alnus rubra)

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 psi)
Density

0.41

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

General Workability
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

map of where Alder tree grows
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.

color of Alder
Color Range
Pale Yellow to Reddish Brown.
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".
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.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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5.0
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5 (4)
4 (0)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
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5.0
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5 (4)
4 (0)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4 Total Reviews
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October 20, 2017
5 out of 5
Sample of several species
Review by  Big from Texas
The samples came in a timely manner. They were packaged well. It gave me the opportunity to try some different finishes before selecting the wood for my cabinets. I have never been disappointed with orders from woodworkers source!
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Recommended
October 20, 2017
5 out of 5
Sample of several species
Review by  Big from Texas
The samples came in a timely manner. They were packaged well. It gave me the opportunity to try some different finishes before selecting the wood for my cabinets. I have never been disappointed with orders from woodworkers source!
Verified Buyer
Recommended
May 27, 2017
5 out of 5
As Expected
Review by  DaWoodMan from Texas
Was able to test out some stain/dye on a a piece of alder, which I've never worked with before. Super fast shipping!! Will do business with again.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
December 14, 2012
5 out of 5
Good sample stock
Review by  Charlie Livingston from Waxhaw, NC USA
I use this for color testing dye stain mixtures before applying to the guitars I build. Good quality samples and a great way to experiment on indicative but inexpensive stock.
Recommended
4 Total Reviews
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