ALDER - Alnus rubra

alder

NAME: Alder
BOTANICAL NAME: Alnus rubra
ALSO KNOWN AS: Red Alder
RANGE: Primarily the Pacific Northwest of the US and Canada, where it is extremely abundant.
STRENGTH PROPERTIES: Red Alder is a fairly soft hardwood, medium density, low bending strength and stiffness.
GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Red Alder machines well, nails, screws and glues well, and can be sanded, painted, or stained to a good finish. When stained, it can be blended with walnut, cherry or mahogany or cherry. Good dimensional stability after drying and very stable.
AVAILABILITY: Commonly available in boards and dimensional stock
USES: Furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, shutters, mouldings, panel stock, turnings, carvings and kitchen utensils.
COST: Moderate