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stockmaker

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04-10-2011 05:17 PM

Ok i have a boat load of red alder i could get, Its still standing so wont cut down till i know there is a market for it. These alders are 36in dia at base some bigger. Any info would be great.


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#1 posted 04-10-2011 10:25 PM

I use it and I know a few others on here that use it. Not saying there is a huge market for it, and have no idea about your neck of the woods. I do know that the molding shop and lumber yard in El Paso sells a lot of it.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 03:01 AM

In the northwest I use it all the time for cabinetry, furniture and utility projects. It mills very nicely. If you are going to stain, you need to seal it first. Coloring preference is using dyes. If you clear coat it provides an almost iridescent look to it.

It comes in select grade (highest end wood), slightly knotty and rough. I’ve done a lot of projects with all three grades and customers have been extremely happy with the results. We get it out here 4/4 for about $1.99 BF. 8/4 runs about $2.99.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 02:00 AM

It seems to be a generally well accepted wood among a lot of people. A friend of mine buys quite a bit of it so long as it is clear, poplar as well. He said clear alder is almost impossible to get now… food for thought if you get it. One thing, it rots out down the heartwood incredibly quickly; take a good look for rotted or broken branches anywhere on the tree, and make no offers to buy it until it is down and you can take a look inside. If you do get it, try to mill out the clear wood as you can get twice as much for it.

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 02:23 AM

I like alder. Our Family at one time owned a mill that specialized in Western Red Alder in Southwest Washington. To this day, I enjoy working with alder as it is nice to work. stains & finishes well. Can be made to hide with Cherry and some other woods. It is very popular with many furniture and cabinet builders/makers.
I am always interested in obtaining more.
Ira

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 02:31 AM

Thanks for all the info im still trying to get these trees, Alot of good info.

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#6 posted 04-12-2011 02:38 AM

Where are you?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#7 posted 04-12-2011 02:55 AM

Im in washington state, The alder is in another state, not sure about the alder here in washington i could get alot of that to.

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#8 posted 04-12-2011 03:11 AM

I wonder what shipping would cost? Like what’s a BF of freshly-cut alder weigh on average?

I’ve only used alder for one project so far, but I really liked it.

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#9 posted 04-12-2011 04:01 AM

Can you do live cuts? (fairly thick)

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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