Is it true that there is a "Cab" Alder and a "Cabinet" grade Alder?

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Forum topic by BobMaty posted 06-13-2014 06:59 PM 849 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2014 06:59 PM

...and that they are two different grades of lumber?

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#1 posted 06-13-2014 09:09 PM

We have lots of alder here in Oregon and at the hardwood seller I use. I’ve never heard of “cab” alder. I’d say either that is “cabinet” grade or could it be “SAB” for “select and better”?

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#2 posted 06-14-2014 02:11 AM

In our area Alder is used a lot. We have knotty alder and select or clear alder. Knotty alder is about 1/2 what the select alder cost. I suspect that the difference you are referring to in OP is just the selection process, the more expensive version will be cleaner with less knots.

We actually use Alder a lot. Mainly because the builders tend to spec out Alder for the custom cabinets.

Alder is also very easy to stain if done correctly while achieving very even results.

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