Alder Wood Front Door

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Project by WoodshopNerd posted 10-12-2015 02:39 AM 1748 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Decided to replace our old front door with a solid Alder wood door. For the assembly I used mortise and tenon joints with glue, and finished with stain and satin lacquer.

-- Michael,

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#1 posted 10-12-2015 02:44 AM

Nice, I really like that. Great Job.

It is funny because as soon as I saw Alder wood in the title I had a negative reaction. Alders were always the annoying junk trees that we had to clear out of the marshy section of our property. I guess that stuck in my head somehow. I need to get that bias out of my mind because I really like the look of Alder in your project.

Congrats on an outstanding door.

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#2 posted 10-12-2015 03:01 AM


I had never worked with alder before but it was lighter weight, less expensive, and it had a lot of character with all the knots, so I decided to give it a go. And I’ve been happy with the results.

-- Michael,

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#3 posted 10-12-2015 03:29 AM

Nice! Alder is about as hard as pine, but looks a ton better.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 10-12-2015 06:08 AM

That is a nice build. Beautiful door. I enjoy working with alder and I have always thought it was a great wood for interior trim and doors. Certainly I do not remember any call backs because the door curled out of its jamb. It is not white oak but it is hard enough to do the job. Maintain the finish like you would with any exterior door and it will last a good long time.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#5 posted 10-12-2015 06:25 AM

Nice door , well finished too.
Also a little factoid – Alder wood is actually stronger when wet (used to be used for pier & jetty pilings) The Romans used hollowed out trunks as water pipes (recently a farmer excavated a field to find the source of a swampy area and found the original Roman Alder pipe still suplying water from a nearby spring) The stuff just does not rot in water!

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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#6 posted 10-12-2015 07:05 AM

Great looking door! I love the warm color you chose.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#7 posted 10-12-2015 04:07 PM

Home run. Colin great info.

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#8 posted 10-12-2015 06:52 PM

That door has a nice glow with the finish you applied. Great work on this project.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 10-13-2015 03:12 AM

Nice looking door. Well done.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#10 posted 10-13-2015 03:00 PM

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the comments!

-- Michael,

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#11 posted 10-13-2015 03:52 PM

That is beautiful! I showed my wife because she had fallen in love with an Alder door at a millwork shop. She raved about it. I’m guessing I may be making one in the not too distant future.

-- Scottie McScottie

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