Alder Wood Advantages And Disadvantages: Pros & Cons

General Overview

Alder Wood is almost white when it is freshly cut but as soon as it is exposed to air, it becomes light brownish with a reddish or yellow tinge. Alder Wood is considered as the relative of Birch Wood because both of them have similar qualities.
  1. Alder Wood is suited to machines and turning.
  2. It is also suited to glues, screws, and nails and can also be stained, painted, and sanded in order to give it a good finish.
  3. Apart from that, Alder Wood is a soft hardwood having a medium density and has properties like stiffness, shock resistance, and low bending strength.

Uses: Alder Wood can be used for carvings, turnings, panel stock, molding, shutters, doors, kitchen cabinets, furniture, and kitchen utensils.

Pros & Cons Of Alder Wood Furniture


Appearance: Alder wood has a smooth grain and a slightly red undertone which is enhanced by its years of darkening and gives the furniture a mere beauty look that will be cherished by everyone.
Color: The response to the stains by the Alder Wood is exceptional and its blemishes respond differently than its grains to the color which gives it a rustic aesthetic look with variations in grades. Also, it lacks porousness which makes the wood one of the best for painting and it will only require two coats to achieve full coverage.
Inexpensive: One of the best advantages of Alder Wood is that it is less expensive than various hardwood such as Mahogany & Cherry and it is often considered as the "Poor Man's Cherry".


Durability: The durability of Alder Wood furniture cannot be considered maple or oak furniture because it lies at the softer end of the hardwood spectrum and is likely to get dings & dents.
Expensive: Considering the fact that Alder Wood is less expensive than various hardwoods but given to the strength and hardness of the wood, it is still expensive than various hardwoods having better quality and hardness.
Moisture: Alder Wood takes moisture very well and if the furniture made of Alder Wood is exposed to moisture, it will affect the furniture in the long run.
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