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Common Alder Alnus glutinosa

UTILITY LUMBER WITH PINK HUE
Common alder is one of those versatile lumbers that are not often used by hobby woodworkers, or even professional furniture makers, but it is employed in mass production and joinery. It seasons well, is stable in use and is neither strong nor weak. Though alder is relatively easy to work, its fibrous nature means that you will need to keep cutters sharp to shape a good profile or edge. It stains and finishes well, but not to a high luster. As a result it tends to be used for utility purposes, particularly turned items, because it turns well. Alder tends not to grow very large, so board widths may be limited, and there is a risk of cupping.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate hardwood
Other names Black alder, gray alder, European alder Related species A.incana
Sources Europe, but also North Africa and Japan
Color Pale pinky cream, at times almost white, but sometimes a light red-brown
Texture Fine and uniform
Grain Straight
Hardness Medium
Weight Medium (33 lb./cu. ft.) (530 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Common alder is not widely available, but it is inexpensive and not threatened.




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