Wood: Alder hardwood.
Alder is considered a soft hardwood, but has a medium-density, making it both lightweight and strong. It has properties like stiffness, shock resistance, and low bending strength. It has the highest hardwood lumber grade, with an impressive 83% clear face. It is very durable and therefore is a good choice for cabinet doors. The grain is straight, and the texture is uniform.
A relative of birch, alder is almost white when freshly cut, but quickly changes with exposure to air, becoming light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge. Even though alder can be considered by some to be bland with no real character, it can be impressive when stained and lacquered. Stain sinks readily into its open pores, and little stain is required to reflect a different character. The open pores of alder also lend to the easy application of lacquer coats. Lacquer penetrates alder fast and hardens inside the pores to provide a glassy coating.
Alder trees grow exceptionally fast and quickly grow up to one meter (three feet) per year. In terms of sustainable forest management, forests that are dominated by Alder trees can be harvested more often through coppice forestry methods. Alder wood grows throughout most of the United States and is readily adaptable to most climatic regions in the country. Eight species of Alder are native to the United States. The ability to source high-quality hardwood lumber that can grow close to home is a great strategy to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the materials in your home.
Alder wood is a raw product of nature. The grain patterns, knots, and color variations give each piece a unique charm. We are unable to control the placement of knots, grain patterns, texture and the expansion and contraction of wood. Small seasonal splits are common.
Drawer Glides: Full-extension ball bearing drawer glides, 100# rating per pair.
Metal frames: Hand forged cast iron.