bring your HOME to life with unique surfaces:
The finish materials you use for the surfaces around your home can become some of the most important focal points in your home. Using a carefully selected wood for interior floors, cabinets, and other surfaces can add a unique tactile effect that exudes beauty and luxury. Take advantage of our carefully curated wood options to bring your home to a new standard.
Alder wood can be used for cabinets, interior flooring, interior paneling, veneer, and millwork.
Alder is light tan to reddish brown, and there is no visible distinction between its sapwood and heartwood. Like most woods, Alder’s color darkens with age, but it also reddens. Alder has a stable staining surface.
Alder will exhibit moderate color variation from board to board, so hand selecting the lumber is important.
Grain & Visual Pattern:
Alder has a straight grain. The visual pattern changes based on the log and cut, but it is generally uniform as the wood has an even, fine texture and the heartwood and sapwood have indistinct boundaries.
Alder can also be found with more dramatic grains. It is one of the softer hardwoods, so it can be easy to find open and closed knots of various sizes and colors, pin holes, worm holes, worm tracks, small cracks, mineral streaks, bird pecks, and other grain variations. Patterned Alder can be stained to bring out significant perceived depth of the pattern, as well as luster. Hand selecting Alder boards is extremely important when looking for a rustic effect.
Texture and Finish:
Alder wood has a smooth and even texture, so it’s easy to finish with a light brush or smooth sand. This also makes it very easy to stain. Its color and grain can be displayed with a simple matte or gloss finish. Like most woods, it will darken naturally.
However, due to the many different grain anomalies found with different cuts, choosing the correct Alder boards with the right patterns is very important.
Alder is not listed in the CITES Appendices or the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
We source our Alder from trees cultivated in the United States by environmentally responsible harvesters. We believe that when the building industry sources and manufactures building materials with sustainability in mind, we all live in a healthier world.
Alder is very easy to work with, both with our CNC machines, as well as hand tools. Alder is one of the softest hardwoods, so it can dent easily with some applications. Alder is easy to stain, glue and finish.
Alder is rated as non-durable to perishable. Freshly cut logs should quickly be cut into lumber and dried, to prevent decay in the wood or staining. Once shaped and sealed, it holds up well over time when used indoors.
|Janka Hardness:||590 lbf||2,620 N|
|Average Dried Weight:||28.0 lb/ft³||450 kg/m³|
|Modulus of Rupture:||9,800 lbf/in²||67.6 MPa|
|Elastic Modulus:||1,380,000 lbf/in²||9.52 GPa|
|Crushing Strength:||5,820 lbf/in²||40.1 MPa|
|Density:||30-40 lb/ft³||480 kg/m³|
|Shrinkage:||Radial: 4.4%; Tangental: 7.3%; Volumetric: 12.6%|
We start with Select & Better graded lumber that is at least 83% clear on one side.
All of our wood is kiln dried and stored in a protected warehouse.
We store our wood as S4S, which stands for “surfaced on 4 sides.” The boards have two flat and parallel faces and two flat and parallel edges. The boards are first surfaced on both faces (S2S) with a planer, and receive a rip on both edges.
BULK Commercial Pricing
Because we have become known for our unique material selection, we do sell wood slabs to third parties. If you are working on a large project and in need of large amounts or slabs, we can offer great pricing for bulk orders. We can also finish the wood for your project. However, our wood is hand selected for superior appearance and performance, so contact us to confirm availability and to receive a quote.