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Alder

Decades ago, Northwest Hardwoods pioneered the use of Alder as a viable species for commercial use. Today, Alder’s popularity continues to grow. For OEMs, Alder offers a host of benefits, most important the species’ versatility and workability. From interior finish hardwood to furniture building, we provide the ongoing Alder supply our customers demand.

Natural consistency and beautiful color can give it the visual appeal of cherry, maple or birch. Alder dries to an even honey tone and can be finished to resemble more expensive fine-grained species. There is little color variation between the heartwood and sapwood, making alder also ideal for light or natural finishes. Alder’s popularity continues to grow among fine furniture and cabinetry makers worldwide.

PROPERTIES

  • Machining 5
  • Nailing 4
  • Screwing 4
  • Gluing 4
  • Finishing 5

PROPERTIES OF ALDER

Northwest Hardwoods Alder Superior is our most flexible alder grade with the highest yield.  Combines “Select & Better” and FAS boards with backs that are Cabinet grade or better, yielding 83-1/3 clear face cuttings with minimum cutting sizes of 3” x 6’ or 4” x 3’.  Alder Sup is ideal for uses requiring long, wide clear-face cuttings or multiple rips and chops.

We grade after drying and surfacing, and against all natural drying or surfacing defects (pin knot no defect).

HOW DOES IT COMPARE

Lumber
(12 % moisture content)
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Hardness
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Grain
Alder, red (Western).414.47.3590582098001380Fine
Ash.604.97.813207410154001770FIne
Birch, Yellow.627.39.512608170166002010FIne
Cherry, Black.454.27.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Hemlock.457.37.812607200113001630Moad/Course
Hickory.624.29.5540113001630Moad/Course
Maple, PC (Big Leaf).627.37.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Maple, silver (soft).627.37.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Maple, sugar (hard).627.37.81260113001630Moad/Course
Oak, Red (Northern).627.37.8540113001630Moad/Course
Oak, White.627.37.812607200113001630Moad/Course
Poplar, yellow.627.37.8540113001630Moad/Course
Walnut, black.657.37.8540113001630Moad/Course
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