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what is white wood

by Karda
posted 09-27-2020 05:45 PM


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 09-27-2020 06:51 PM

It usually refers to the true firs, not Douglas, and spruce, and sometimes hemlock.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 09-27-2020 06:53 PM

And, it’s whatever was cheapest at the time. (for HD to buy, not always for us to buy…)

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#3 posted 09-27-2020 07:24 PM

White wood is the lumber equivalent of the generic white can “BEER” you find in the bulk stores. About the only thing you can be sure of is that it is a softwood (coniferous), beyond that you’re on your own.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#4 posted 09-27-2020 08:18 PM

Yep, the cheapest pine or fir or other softwood they can find in that region at that time.

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#5 posted 09-27-2020 08:32 PM

ok thanks

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#6 posted 09-27-2020 11:16 PM

This is where it comes from. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 09-28-2020 12:04 AM

My understanding is a type of spruce, usually from Canada.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 09-28-2020 12:14 AM

A euphemism.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#9 posted 09-28-2020 01:04 AM

in other words it mystery wood, I have used plenty of it it has its place

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#10 posted 09-28-2020 10:47 AM

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Common-1-in-x-8-in-x-8-ft-Actual-0-75-in-x-7-25-in-x-8-ft-Whitewood-Board/1000052623

“Species may vary among spruce, pine and fir.”

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#11 posted 09-28-2020 05:22 PM

Aw c’mon now. Isn’t anyone going to say it??? It’s ALDER. :-)

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#12 posted 09-28-2020 05:33 PM

what is that

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#13 posted 09-28-2020 05:45 PM

SPF (spruce, pine, fir).

-- Darrel

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#14 posted 09-28-2020 05:51 PM

no I mean what is alder

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#15 posted 09-29-2020 11:26 AM



no I mean what is alder

- Karda

https://oregonstate.edu/trees/broadleaf_genera/alder.htm

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an Hammer.

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#16 posted 09-29-2020 03:25 PM

thanks

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#17 posted 09-29-2020 03:31 PM

The way I look at it “framing material” is another way to say construction lumber (pine). Lowes seem to get most of their pine from Canada. Menards gets their pine mostly from the Black Hills area, (Spearfish,SD Hill City,SD and Hulett, Wy).

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#18 posted 09-30-2020 04:03 PM



no I mean what is alder

- Karda


It’s a running joke. When someone posts pictures of some unknown wood and asks what wood it is, the answer is always some form of Alder. The sample can be as black as ebony or red as bloodwood, but it’s Alder.

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#19 posted 09-30-2020 05:52 PM

ok got it

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#20 posted 09-30-2020 11:32 PM

Alder, HAHA

All jokes aside:

Alder is also a very soft white hardwood, that grows like a weed in NW coastal US. It is dirt cheap on western states. Can usually buy knotty alder for ~$1 bdft. It is cheapest hardwood wood available at several local AZ hardwood lumber yards due high transportation costs from east coast.

When ever building material prices skyrocket, like now; large lumber suppliers can offer alder for roughly same price as premium kiln dried SPF 2x materials. There are a couple high end luxury home builders in Phoenix that offer alder as a framing lumber upgrade. Often see it used for paint grade hardwood molding by local custom molding shops, as it is usually cheaper than poplar.

Personally, hate the stuff. Has lack luster grain. Is easy to dent with fingernail, and not very good for heirloom furniture. Works OK for kids toy box, stained faux rustic pieces, and/or shop made jigs. Stained it looks like soft maple, and is often used to mimic the look of cherry (AKA poor man’s cherry).

Cheers!

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#21 posted 09-30-2020 11:51 PM

thanks that is good to know

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#22 posted 10-01-2020 12:04 AM

Alder is a excellent wood for furniture. Is not very expensive machines easy it’s very stable. It can have plenty of character small knots or defects. And the cutoffs are great for smoking pork ribs.

Alder cabinet

Alder table
It’s good looking wood right?
I’ve always called white wood maple.

-- Aj

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#23 posted 10-01-2020 02:29 AM

it is good looking wood

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