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Maple, Soft (aka Red Maple)

In most respects Soft Maple is very similar to Hard Maple. Generally the sapwood is grayish white, sometimes with darker colored pith flecks. The heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown. The wood is usually straight grained.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"
2/4"
1/4"
2"
4/4"
Lengths

Subject to availability

4-6'
7/8'
9/10'
11/12'
13/14'
15/16'
17-20'
7' and longer
Applications
Cabinet Doors
Cabinetry
Flooring
Furniture
Furniture Frames
Interior Millwork
Interior Trim
Musical Instruments
Passage Doors
Turned Objects
Veneer

Distribution

Eastern North America

Scientific Name

Acer rubrum

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.49

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.61

Janka Hardness

950

Color/Appearance

Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. Sapwood color ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. Red Maple can also be seen with curly or quilted grain patterns.

Grain/Texture

Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture. The growth rings tend to be lighter and less distinct in Soft Maples than in Hard Maple.

Endgrain

Rot Resistance

Rated as non-durable to perishable in regard to decay resistance.

Workability

Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though maple has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even color.

Odor

No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity

No characteristic odor.

Pricing/Availability

Should be very moderately priced, though figured pieces such as curly or quilted grain patterns are likely to be much more expensive.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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