Question about alder

kitchenchaosMarch 22, 2008

I am having custom select alder cabinets built. Can these be stained to look like walnut? I would like them to have more of that color than a redish like I usually see on them. Can you recommend a stain color I might like? TIA

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zennmaster

Check this out.

http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Staining_and_Blending_Difficult_Woods.html

There's no magic bullet for what you're seeking. I highly recommend securing some alder and do lots of testing. Moreover, write down everything you do so it can be repeated.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 2:23AM
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lily1960

I have seen alder stained in both a light walnut and a medium walnut stain that both looks very nice. See if you can get 2 unfinished blocks of alder wood to sample both colors on that way you can get an idea of what it will look like. Good luck

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 6:46PM
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jrdwyer

Red alder stains very nicely and it is often used instead of hard maple. So although you can get the color tone of steamed black walnut using a stain on alder, you won't get the rich grain pattern that walnut offers.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 11:25AM
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aidan_m

I think Lyptus would stain like Black Walnut. That may be the most economical material that has a grain texture similar to Walnut. Alder will never look like Walnut because the grain is way different.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 6:46PM
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