I was contracted to turn these large island legs in alder some time back.
Alder is considered by some to be a cherry substitute, I suppose, because it has a pinkish color. That is probably the only common ground between the two species. You might argue that they both have a similar smell. Why would anyone substitute alder for cherry you may ask? Alder is more plentiful and so cheeper. Cherry has been one of America’s classic wood species and, as such, has been overly harvested. Cherry today is more likely to include sap wood because it is harvested from smaller trees (sap wood is whitish in color and contrast sharply with the characteristic pink heart color of cherry – not a desirable trait)

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