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Red Alder Lumber

We are a Red Alder Lumber Supplier in Canada - BC - Vancouver

red alder graphic Red Alder (Alnus rubra) is the most plentiful hardwood on the Pacific Coast. It thrives in the low, moist conditions of the Pacific Northwest. Alder is a prolific, fast growing species that is medium in strength, low in durability and light in weight.

The lumber is of fairly straight grain, uniform texture and little distinctive figuring. When freshly cut, Alder is almost white, then darkens to a mellow reddish brown after exposure to air. After kiln drying to 6-8% moisture content (MC) the wood is a honey brown color. Alder works and turns easily. This wood glues, sands and finishes well and stains evenly.

Alder is used for furniture, casework, woodenware, toys, moulding and doors.

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Superior (Sup) – 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4 thickness


- Highest yield available in Red Alder

- Graded from the better face with unlimited 3”x72” or 4” x 36” cuttings

- 83% clear face cuttings

- Reverse face must be "Cabinet” grade or better

- Widths 4-1/2” and wider allowing 5% down to 4”

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9' and 10'. Heavy to 8' and 10'. Some 11 and 12' available by special order

- Graded after kiln drying to 6-8% max 10% MC

- S2S 4/4 to 15/16”, 5/4 to 1-3/16”, 6/4 to 1-7/16”, 8/4 to 1-15/16”. 

- Note – Pin Knots No Defect (PKND).




Cabinet (Cab) - 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4 thicknesses


- Second highest yield available in Red Alder

- Referred to as #1 Shop with a #1 Shop back

- Graded from the poorer face with unlimited 3”x 36” or 4” x 24” cuttings

- 66% clear face cuttings

- Widths 4-1/2” and wider allowing 5% down to 3-3/4'”

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9' and 10'. Heavy to 8' and 10'

- Graded after kiln drying to 6-8% max 10% MC

- S2S 4/4 to 15/16”, 5/4 to1-3/16”, 6/4 to1-7/16”, 8/4 to 1-15/16”

- Note – Pin Knots No Defect (PKND)




Custom Shop (Custom) - 4/4 and 5/4 thickness

- Third highest yield available in Red Alder

- Sometimes referred to as #1 Shop with a Sound back

- Graded from the better face with unlimited 3”x 36” or 4” x 24” cuttings

- 66% clear face cuttings and a "sound back”

- Widths 4-1/2” and wider allowing 5% down to 3-3/4'”

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9' and 10'. Heavy to 8' and 10'

- Graded after kiln drying to 6-8% max 10% MC

- S2S 4/4 to 15/16”, 5/4 to 1-3/16”

- Note – Pin Knots No Defect (PKND) in clear face cuttings




Common Shop (Com) - 4/4 & 5/4 thickness

- Fourth highest yield available in Red Alder

- Referred to as #2 Shop

- Graded from the better face with unlimited 3”x 18” or 3” x 24” cuttings

- Yields 50% clear face cuttings and allows "sound back” in the cuttings

- Widths 4-1/2” and wider allowing 5% down to 3-3/4'”

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9' and 10'. Heavy to 8' and 10'

- Graded after kiln drying to 6-8% max 10% MC

- S2S 4/4 to 15/16”, 5/4 to1-3/16”

- Note – Pin Knots No Defect (PKND).



#3 Shop - 4/4 thickness

- Fifth highest yield available in Red Alder

- An economy grade suitable for upholstered furniture construction

- Graded from the better face with unlimited 3”x 24” sound cuttings

- Yields 33% Sound cuttings

- Widths 4-1/2” and wider allowing 5% down to 3-3/4'”

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9' and 10'. Heavy to 8' and 10'

- Graded after kiln drying to 6-8% max 10% MC

- S2S 4/4 to 15/16”, 5/4 to1-3/16”

- Note – Pin Knots No Defect (PKND).




Jacket Board (JB) - 4/4 thickness


- Similar to a narrow Custom Shop and a narrow Common and btr grade

- Suitable for narrow clear rips and cross-cutting

- Graded from the better face with unlimited 2”x 24” to 48” cuttings

- Yields 50% clear 1 face cuttings, reverse of cutting must be "sound back”

- Widths 3” to 4-1/2”

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9' and 10'. Heavy to 8' and 10'

- Graded after kiln drying to 6-8% max 10% MC

- S2S 4/4 to 15/16”

- Note – Pin Knots No Defect (PKND).



Premium Frame (P Frame) - 4/4, 5/4 thickness

- Is a knotty appearance grade where a small and tight knot is required

- Mouldings and rustic casegoods and doors are the intended target

- Graded from the better face with unlimited 4”x 24” and minimum 1 4”x84” Sound cutting

- Yields 83% Sound cuttings with back being a Frame and better

- Widths 4” and wider

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9' and 10'. Heavy to 8' and 10'

- Graded after kiln drying to 6-8% max 10% MC

- S2S 4/4 to 15/16”, 5/4 to 1-3/16”.




Standard Frame (Frame) - 4/4, 5/4 thickness


- For structural boards for upholstery frame construction

- Graded from the better face with minimum 1 sound cutting 4” x 72” and unlimited 4” x 24” sound cuttings

- Yields 66% Sound cuttings

- Widths 4” and wider

- Lengths are 6', 7', 8', 9' and 10'. Heavy to 8' and 10'

- Graded after kiln drying to 6-8% max 10% MC

- S2S 4/4 to 15/16”, 5/4 to 1-3/16”.



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  Chris                                               Doug


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