Alder // Alnus rubra

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.
Alder grows in North America
map of where Alder grows
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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".
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


Alder Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")
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Alder 4/4 Lumber
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Alder 4/4 Lumber
$5.79 /Board Feet
Alder Knotty 4/4 Lumber
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Alder Knotty 4/4 Lumber
$2.99 /Board Feet
Alder 6/4 Lumber
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Alder 6/4 Lumber
$6.49 /Board Feet
Alder 8/4 Lumber
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Alder 8/4 Lumber
$6.99 /Board Feet
Alder Knotty 8/4 Lumber
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Alder Knotty 8/4 Lumber
$3.29 /Board Feet
Alder 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet
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Alder Knotty 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet
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Alder 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet
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Alder Knotty 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet
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Alder Wood Edge Tape: 13/16" x 250' Roll
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Alder Knotty 6/4 Lumber
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Alder Knotty 6/4 Lumber
$3.19 /Board Feet
Alder Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 18"
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Alder Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 18"
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Alder Furniture Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 30"
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Alder Furniture Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 30"
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