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05-14-2015 03:42 AM

Now that my Jet 15” Planer is done… time for a hand tool cabinet. I “could” go the plywood route (and I still might), but I feel it’s time to jump into some proper wood working beyond what I am used to (2×4’s, HD plywood, etc). I see most go the red oak route. When I picked up a 5’x5’ of BB at my supplier, I noticed knotty alder for a demonstration cabinet and fell in love. From what I have read, it is similar in hardness to pine and dents easy.

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#1 posted 05-14-2015 03:49 AM

I don’t see anything wrong with it if that’s what you want. It is some good looking wood, but I’ve never seen it in my area to pick any up. I say start planing some alder.

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#2 posted 05-14-2015 04:21 AM

Just ordered epoxy setup from Jamestown Distributors . I researched best to epoxy the knots before light hand planing or machine planer. And, never had epoxy in my shop so’s…. overdue anyways to have some on hand for this or that.

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#3 posted 05-14-2015 05:52 AM

It’s very soft, but if it’s just a cabinet, what does it matter? I wouldn’t worry about epoxying it before planing. I never did that and I ran a bunch through the power planer and hand planes.

I’ve got a plane till that’s about 50% completed made out of alder.

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#4 posted 05-15-2015 04:14 AM

Friend just redid kitchen cabinets in knotty alder. Beautiful look for his log cabin. I’d go for it.

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#5 posted 05-15-2015 04:26 AM

It’s not fingernail soft. I made a dining room table out of alder and it doesn’t have a scratch yet. I am surprised. Very easy to work with.

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#6 posted 05-15-2015 04:50 AM

I guess you could make a tool cabinet out of anything…including my personal fav, mdf.

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#7 posted 05-15-2015 04:55 AM

My only venture with MDF was my Thein Baffle. I’ll stay away from MDF as long as possible :)

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#8 posted 05-15-2015 06:03 AM

Alder is a lot like cherry to work I love the stuff because when you can find clear boards they are lovely I use it all the time I can get it for 1.25 if i don’t pick through the pile and 1.50 if I pick

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#9 posted 05-15-2015 02:47 PM


It s not fingernail soft. I made a dining room table out of alder and it doesn t have a scratch yet. I am surprised. Very easy to work with.

- LiveEdge

I think the hardness ranges a lot, because the stuff I’ve used was fingernail soft. No better than pine.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#10 posted 05-15-2015 03:22 PM



I think the hardness ranges a lot, because the stuff I ve used was fingernail soft. No better than pine.

- jmartel

I’ve only worked with alder once, but this was my experience as well. But, it got a coat of poly and wax, so it ended up more durable.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#11 posted 05-15-2015 03:35 PM

True. I do have many coats of poly on it, but I had still planned on the table showing “character” over the last year and it has not. I was surprised. I think it’s beautiful wood and here in Oregon it grows (and sells) like a weed at weed prices.

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#12 posted 05-15-2015 03:46 PM



it grows (and sells) like a weed at weed prices.

- LiveEdge

Weed is pretty expensive by weight…

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#13 posted 05-15-2015 03:46 PM

I have my entire kitchen built from knotty alder and some of my entertainment cabinets. Lovely stuff with aniline dye in place of stain. Definitely use it. I love working with it, easy to get, does not move like pine and I think it is harder than pine as well. Plus, for any rustic finish, it touches up very easily.

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#14 posted 05-16-2015 01:35 AM

Brian… that is EXACTLY what I want my this cabinet to look like: that kind of rustic charm. Going to have to ask you some questions in the coming weeks/months :)

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#15 posted 05-21-2015 12:36 PM

Nice work Brian

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