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Kevin Southwick did a fine job of describing the characteristics of several common woods. Although there is one wood that was over looked, Alder. It is by some considered a "Secondary Hardwood" sort of in that same class as "Poplar," however, it is becoming popular out here on the west coast for doing kitchen cabinets. Primarily because Cherry has gotten to be relatively expensive and not generally available in wide boards, especially in consistent color.
What I would like to know, is are there any special things I need to consider when using Alder, as I am seriously considering using it for my kitchen cabinet refinish job. Special techniques I need to consider, like using dye stains, or like cherry stay with oil based stains rather than using water borne products?
Thanks in advance for the information. I have been an American Woodworker reader for many years, keep up the good work.