The Alder Family

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European Alder

Scientific Name: Alnus glutinosa
Location: Western Europe
Dried Weight: 31lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 650lbf
Crushing Strength: 6,130lbf /in2

European Alder is a light tan to reddish brown wood, in which this color will darken with age. It has a fine even grain, which is usually straight, as well as open pores. Alder is non-durable when it comes to decay. It is easy to work with and has excellent gluing, staining, and finishing properties.

 

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Nepalese Alder

Scientific Name: Alnus nepalensis
Location: Southeast Asia
Dried Weight: 25lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 380lbf
Crushing Strength: 4,900lbf /in2

 

Nepalese Alder is light tan to reddish brown in color, which darkens with age. It has a fine, even straight grain with open pores. Alder is non-durable when it comes to decay. It is easy to work with and has excellent gluing, staining, and finishing properties.

 

Red Alder
Red Alder

Scientific Name: Alnus rubra
Location: Coastal western North America
Dried Weight: 28lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 585lbf
Crushing Strength: 5,820lbf /in2

Red Alder is a light tan to reddish brown wood, in which color darkens with age. It generally has a straight grain with a moderately fine, uniform texture. The end grain of red alder is diffuse-porous. Like all alders, red alder is non-durable when in comes to decay. It is also easy to work with and has an excellent gluing, staining, and finishing properties.

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