Alder » Alnus rubra

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

Character

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.
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". The 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 psi)
Density

0.41

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

Woodworking with Alder:

General Workability
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

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Alder Hardwood Sample

Alder Hardwood Sample

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Alder 4/4 Lumber

Alder 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Alder Knotty 4/4 Lumber

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Alder 6/4 Lumber

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Alder 8/4 Lumber

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Alder Knotty 8/4 Lumber

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Alder 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet

Alder 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet of Lumber


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Alder 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet

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Alder 4/4 PRO Pack: 100 Board Feet

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Alder Knotty 4/4 PRO Pack: 100 Board Feet

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Alder Wood Edge Tape: 13/16" x 250' Roll

Alder Wood Edge Tape: 13/16" x 250' Roll

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Alder Knotty 6/4 Lumber

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Alder Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 12"

Alder Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 12"


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Alder Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 18"

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"

Alder Furniture Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 30"

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