Main Uses

Furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, shutters, moldings, panel stock, turnings, carvings and kitchen utensils.

Relative Abundance

2.9 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.

General Description

Red alder (a relative of birch) is almost white when freshly cut but quickly changes upon 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.

Working Properties

Red Alder machines well and is excellent for turning. 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.

Physical Properties

Red Alder is a relatively soft hardwood of medium density that has low bending strength, shock resistance and stiffness.

Alder | Kitchen Tune-Up example