Alder is characterized by its straight grain and even texture. With a warm, reddish brown color, it is often used to mimic cherry, though it is considerably softer.
These finishes are achieved by applying a stain and wiping off the excess, allowing the natural wood grain to remain prominent.
These finishes are applied by spraying a toner on the wood to achieve an even, consistent color, particularly on wood species that tend to take stain unevenly.
These finishes use both a wiping stain and a toner to achieve deep, rich colors.