Knotty Alder and Baltic Birch pricings

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 02-14-2014 11:29 PM 943 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2014 11:29 PM

I did some telephone repair stuff at a McKillican American location today. I did not want to leave :)
My next attack are 3 more projects by summer: build a Thein seperator, 6” dust collection ducting, and then various cabinets (hand tool cabinet for starters). So I asked what’s the going price of the 5’x5’ baltic birch 18mm: $45. That is a tremendous price difference from last year when I could of swore it was $75+. I was considering red oak for cabinetry. The salesman said the newest fad is using Knotty Alder instead of Red Oak and showed me some demo’s of each. I gotta say… knotty alder looks more appealing than red oak to me. And the pricing of $1.58 BF compared to red oak helped decide (for now) which species to work on in the near future for different things. I know knotty alder is softwood somewhere around poplar and pine.
But I do not see many projects with knotty alder species. Is it the red headed step child of wood species?

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 12:35 AM

It’s super popular in new construction right now, used for cabinets and molding. All wood species go through popularity swings, but if you like it, I would go ahead and use it. I like the look of knotty alder much better than red oak. It’s definitely soft but it machines nicely. I ran a batch of knotty alder crown molding on my woodmaster and took a profile quite well.

As far as your pricing on baltic birch, that seems about right. I normally pay about $50 – $60 for a 4×8 sheet of 1/2” BB.

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