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Question about alder

Posted by kitchenchaos (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 22, 08 at 21:07

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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RE: Question about alder

Check this out.

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.

RE: Question about alder

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

RE: Question about alder

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.

RE: Question about alder

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.

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