Problems Using Knotty Alder Cabinets

Oct 3rd

Knotty Alder Cabinets – Alder is used in the building industry as a versatile cabinet material. It conditions the stain easily to imitate other material, and because of similar grain patterns, is a viable stand-in for birch or other. The problems associated with alder are based primarily on its sweetness and lack of character. Alder is among the most versatile of hardwoods. On the Janka scale which evaluates the density of wood – alder has a rating of 590. For comparison, the pine has a Janka rating of 540, which makes the alder just a bit more difficult. It can be scratched with a fingernail. Oak is generally the most widely used of all hardwoods cabinet, with a Janka rating of 1290.

Knotty Alder Cabinets Simple
Knotty Alder Cabinets Simple

Alder material will not hold up to teen or children, as well as most wooden categories. Teeth are common on alder cabinet kits that are slammed too difficult. A good seal and finish can add durability to the alder. Most knotty alder cabinets have at least one alder plywood in their construction. The innate sweetness of alder relates to the durability of plywood. Alder plywood is made with very thin veneer sheets. This type of veneer is almost like paper. Extreme care must be taken to avoid sanding a hole in the veneer if you are building or repairing a cabinet of alder; it is one of the most common problems faced by the average woodworker.

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Usually wardrobe makers use yard screws, or screws with fewer wires when making with alder to solve the problem. Nails can pull loose without length or proper buying. Glue nails are recommended when building cabinets with alder. The exception to the guide is the knotty cabinet, which has a plethora of knots, swirls and color combination that give the knotty alder cabinets a rustic style. Gnarled alder cabinets are attractive, but later problems with exposed knots can be problematic. Alder can change color in the sun. Also known as “shadow effect”, alder reacts to direct sunlight.