Alder for table?

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Forum topic by LiveEdge posted 12-20-2013 10:56 PM 731 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2013 10:56 PM

I have been using Alder for some small end tables and have grown to like it a lot. I enjoy the way it finishes and don’t mind the moderate blotchiness at all. I’m thinking of using it for a dining room table, but now I have some concerns over durability. Is it too soft to use for a table? My wife likes the rugged look more than the elegant, but I wonder how distressed it will look over the years.


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#1 posted 12-20-2013 11:04 PM

It will pick up dents and scratches. Some people don’t mind. It
takes aniline dyes well. I would overbuild the table parts
a bit with alder… thicker tenons and a little more mass in
mortised components.

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 11:41 PM

It will be fine as long as you don’t do your transmission rebuilds on it. Enjoy JB

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