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Colleagues: does anyone have any experience working with alder?

I hear it referred to as the "poor man's cherry." A local lumber yard advertises a good selection of dimensional stock. But I have not examined it and compared it to cherry, or other hardwoods.

Heard that it too soft for cabinets, but just how soft is "too soft?"

Seriously thinking about building a new tool cabinet and I would like to abstain from utilizing plywood if at all possible.

Thanks for any help.
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Colleagues: does anyone have any experience working with alder?

I hear it referred to as the "poor man's cherry." A local lumber yard advertises a good selection of dimensional stock. But I have not examined it and compared it to cherry, or other hardwoods.

Heard that it too soft for cabinets, but just how soft is "too soft?"

Seriously thinking about building a new tool cabinet and I would like to abstain from utilizing plywood if at all possible.

Thanks for any help.
Ray I have heard that it is used for cabinets but you can hear anything. At a lumber company I can buy 13/16" thick pine that is a whole lot better quality than the big box stores for about $1.00 a board foot. That is what I made some shop cabinets out of. I have some alder and it's harder than pine but not as hard a cherry. If you are going for looks alder would be good for your cabinets. If you want something a little stronger than pine how about popular. Look on You Tube and see what some of those guys are using.
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Alder is much softer than either long or short leaf yellow pine.
Google Janka scale for hardness comparisons.

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I've used alder in small amounts and have never had any complaints with it. Works easily, sands easily and takes stain nicely. I've never had a piece warp out of straight - matter of fact it's a lot like working with poplar, which is another good wood for me to use in making prototypes. Oak, pine and plywood, for me are notorious for bending later and losing dimensional stability.

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Alder is used a lot in commercial cabinet making. It will take just about any color of stain and shows very well. I use it a lot since I have a good source, cull pieces for a door/window company.
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I have used Red Alder for several boxes and one cabinet/bookcase with very satisfactory results. It's a local wood here in the Northwest, readily available at reasonable prices. I love the ease of working the wood and it takes stain better than poplar, oak, maple or pine. I am very satisfied that the cabinet has stood up to normal use without and distortions from moving it about or from constantly opening and closing the doors. It might not be suitable for tool box or workshop builds, but very well suited for in-home cabinetry, in my opinion.
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Colleagues: does anyone have any experience working with alder?

I hear it referred to as the "poor man's cherry." A local lumber yard advertises a good selection of dimensional stock. But I have not examined it and compared it to cherry, or other hardwoods.

Heard that it too soft for cabinets, but just how soft is "too soft?"

Seriously thinking about building a new tool cabinet and I would like to abstain from utilizing plywood if at all possible.

Thanks for any help.
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Stick I can't find alder in there any where. I am hard of seeing so it could be there.
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