|Kind of a matter of what you like vs. what we like...
|I like Alder -- our kitchen is done in alder, our bathrooms, our mantle and
|I'm about to make a coffee table out of alder. It's similar to pine but not
|exactly like it. I really like the rustic knotty look, but my wife doesn't
|(so we went with clear Alder -- she's not SWMBO for nothin'!). Hickory is
|the new "in" thing around here lately (was maple, then birch, then alder,
|When we were building our house we went to tons of open houses each weekend
|(lots of new houses in our area, maybe not where you live, could be tougher)
|and it was great to look at the different types of cabinets and different
|stains, etc to really narrow down the look we were after.
|Good luck, if you have any extra Alder questions I'd be happy to answer
|them. I could even take some photos and put them on my website if you'd
I'd like to see them. I too am embarking on some bath cabinet
building and have been considering Alder. A lot ot the high end
houses around here are advertising Alder, so it's currently the in
thing. There was a brief Hickory phase following the whitewashed Oak
phase which is still seen in some places. Unfortunately, my kitchen
is one of them. That will be a follow on project.
I am concerned about the dent resistance although I guess that might
be a part of the rustic "charm." My house is a pueblo revival ("Santa
Fe") style with lots of Pondersoa Pine ceilings with rough-sawn beams
and brick paver floors everywhere but the living room, so fussy
cabinets are out, although I'm not looking for board and battens with
leather strap hinges either [g].
Good idea on the open houses; we do that a lot too.