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Definition

A type of wood commonly used for cabinets. Alder can have a knotty texture, which gives a rustic look.

Things you need to know

Different species of alder are named with colors, (white, gray, etc.) but the furniture made from them can be finished with various colors. For example, alder cabinets with a gray finish are not necessarily made from gray alder.

Also known as

European Alder, Black Alder

Cost Considerations

Alder is one of the softer woods used for cabinets, and is therefore easier to dent. It is also less expensive than cherry, which is much harder.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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