Alder

red-alderGeneral:  Referred to as Red Alder or Western Red Alder. Found in coastal western North America particularly the Pacific Northwest.

Description:  Alder, a relative of birch, is almost white when freshly cut but quickly changes on exposure to air, becoming light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge. Heartwood is formed only in trees of advanced age and there is no visible boundary between sap and heartwood. The wood is fairly straight-grained with a uniform texture.  Alder is a relatively soft hardwood of medium density that has low bending strength, shock resistance and stiffness.

Workability:  Alder machines well and is excellent for turning. It nails, screws and glues well, and can be sanded, painted, or stained to a good finish. When stained, it blends with walnut, mahogany or cherry. It dries easily with little degrade and has good dimensional stability after drying.

Common Uses:  Furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, shutters, mouldings, panel stock, turnings, carvings and kitchen utensils.

SRH Stock:

Thicknesses:  4/4″

Widths:  5″ to 8″

Lengths:  10′ in stock other lengths frequently available.

Surfacing:  Skip planed.

 Alder Links:

The American Hardwoods Information Center

The Wood Database