An abundant hardwood that is easy to work with and used for multiple applications.Alder wood is generally a light tan to reddish brown color with a generally straight and fine grain. It is commonly used in building furniture, plywood, musical instruments, and cabinetry. Being the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest, Alder is generally available in two different grades: Knotty and Clear. Knotty alder is usually very inexpensive while clear alder costs a little more.