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Wood Properties of Red Alder

Red Alder Alternative Name 1
Western Alder

Red Alder Alternative Name 2
Oregon Alder

Red Alder Amount of Figure
Intermediate

Red Alder Amount of Natural Luster
Low

Red Alder Availability of Wood
Plentiful

Red Alder Available As Lumber
Yes

Red Alder Available as Veneer
Yes

Red Alder Available only in small sizes
No

Red Alder Bending Strength
Low

Red Alder Blunting of Tool Blades
Low

Red Alder Botanical Name
Alnus rubra

Red Alder Carving
Good, easy to carve

Red Alder Clear Finish or Varnish
Fair

Red Alder Color of Wood
Pink Brown

Red Alder Contrast between growth rings
Diffuse Porous

Red Alder Crushing Strength
Moderate

Red Alder Decorative Figure
No

Red Alder Density
Moderate

Red Alder Drilling
Fair or Satisfactory

Red Alder Fill before Finishing
Does not require a filler

Red Alder Gluing
Average - Requires control

Red Alder Grain
Straight

Red Alder Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Faint growth ring

Red Alder Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Noticeable or distinct growth ring stripe, ribbon or flake pattern

Red Alder Hand Tooling
Very Easy

Red Alder Hardness
Soft, easy to dent

Red Alder Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Red Alder Harmful Properties
Non Toxic

Red Alder Interlocked Grain
Yes

Red Alder Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Low

Red Alder Machine Tools
Easy to Very Easy

Red Alder Mortising
Fair or satisfactory

Red Alder Movement after drying
Low

Red Alder Nail Holding
Good- Nails are fairly difficult to pull out

Red Alder Nailing
Good - Seldom splits wood

Red Alder Natural Durability
Perishable

Red Alder Number of Knots
Insufficient Data Available

Red Alder Painting
Good

Red Alder Planing
Good

Red Alder Polishing
Good

Red Alder Pounds per cubic foot maximum
28

Red Alder Pounds per cubic foot minimum
28

Red Alder Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Red Alder Sanding
Good

Red Alder Sawing
Moderate cutting resistance

Red Alder Screw Holding
Fair - Screws are fairly easy to pull out

Red Alder Screwing
Good - Screwing seldom splits wood

Red Alder Shaping
Rather difficult

Red Alder Size of Knots
Insufficient Data Available

Red Alder Size of Pores
Small Pores - Closed grain

Red Alder Specific Gravity
Moderate

Red Alder Specific Gravity maximum
.41

Red Alder Specific Gravity minimum
.41

Red Alder Staining
Fair - May stain unevenly or change colors

Red Alder Steam Bending
Good

Red Alder Stiffness
Moderate

Red Alder Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Red Alder Texture of the Wood
Fine

Red Alder Toughness
Low

Red Alder Turning
Good

Red Alder Weight
Light

Red Alder Wood Defects
Stain

Red Alder Work Notes
Hard mineral deposits require sharp or carbide tipped saw knives

Red Alder Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
no

Red Alder Use for Carving
YES

Red Alder Use for Cooperage
no

Red Alder Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Red Alder Use for Flooring
no

Red Alder Use for Furniture
YES

Red Alder Use for Handles
no

Red Alder Use for Heavy Construction
no

Red Alder Use for Inlay
no

Red Alder Use for Interior Finish
no

Red Alder Use for Light Construction
no

Red Alder Use for Marine Applications
no

Red Alder Use for Marquetry
no

Red Alder Use for Millwork
YES

Red Alder Use for Models and Patterns
no

Red Alder Use for Musical Instruments
no

Red Alder Use for Novelties
YES

Red Alder Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Red Alder Use for Shingles
no

Red Alder Use for Sports Equipment
no

Red Alder Use for Turnery
YES

Red Alder Use for Woodenware
YES





     
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