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Alder

December 8, 2013
Alder

Distribution

West coast USA, principally the Pacific North West, where it is the most common commercial hardwood.

General Description

Red alder is almost white when freshly cut but quickly changes on exposure to air to 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 and polishing. It nails, screws and glues well, and can be sanded, painted, or stained to a good finish. 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.

  • Specific Gravity: 0.41 (12% M.C.)
  • Average Weight: 449 kg/m3 (12% M.C.)
  • Average Volumetric Shrinkage: 10.1%
  • Modulus of Elasticity: 9,515 MPa
  • Hardness: 2624 N

Durability

The wood is non-resistant to heartwood decay, liable to attack by the common furniture beetle but is permeable for preservation treatment.

Availability

USA: Reasonably available, but strictly limited by region.
Export: Readily available in some markets but limited in others. Available in dimension stock and rough lumber.

Main Uses

Furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, interior moldings, turning, carving and kitchen utensils.

 

Source:

Ahec.org
American Hardwood Export Council

Ahec.org. “American Hardwood Export Council.” 2002. http://www.ahec.org/hardwoods/guide/index.html
(accessed 6 Dec 2013).


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