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Botanical Name

Alnus rubra

Other Names

Alder, Red Alder, Western Red Alder

Main Color Group

Reddish Brown

Grain Pattern

Even

Workability

Medium

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

28

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

450

Janka Hardness - LBF

590

Janka Hardness - Newtons

2620

Considered to be the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Red Alder has long been used in the region for furniture and cabinetry production — as well as being a popular choice for electric guitar bodies dating back to when the instrument first went into mass production, in the 1950’s. Ranging in color from a light tan to reddish brown, Alder has a soft, lightweight stature — which makes the wood very easy to work, and it finishes and glues well. Alder is typically straight-grained, although knotty pieces can sometimes be wavy or irregular.

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Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry, millwork, pallets, musical instruments (electric guitar bodies), and chip/pulp wood.

Comments: Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Alder
$20.5771 × 5.812 × 0.875 inALDER1008

One edge rough with good clear sections.

ab
Alder
$17.0862.312 × 5 × 0.875 inALDER1007

Good clear board.

a
Alder
$10.8747.875 × 5.062 × 0.875 inALDER1006

Knot all the way through.

b
Alder
$13.2760.5 × 4 × 0.875 inALDER1005

Small knot on one edge.

a
Alder
$13.2460.375 × 4 × 0.875 inALDER1004
Out of stock

Small knots on one face.

a
Alder
$16.1150 × 5.875 × 0.875 inALDER1003
Out of stock

Clear two face.

a
Alder
$30.0560.562 × 11.062 × 0.875 inALDER1002

Knots on both faces.

b
Alder
$29.8560.5 × 11 × 0.875 inALDER1001

Knots on both faces with one rough edge.

b

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