Hard Maple


About Hard Maple

Hard Maple Characteristics:

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.

Color Range:

Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of Hard Maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. Sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown.

Some Typical Uses:

Flooring (from basketball courts and dance-floors to bowling alleys and residential), veneer, paper (pulpwood), musical instruments, cutting boards, butcher blocks, workbenches, baseball bats, and other turned objects and specialty wood items.

What's the Tree Like?

A popular, fast growing decorative tree. Matures to about 80-115 feet in height and 24-36" in diameter. The hard Maple grows in Northeastern USA & Canada. In tree form, Hard Maple is usually referred to as Sugar Maple, and is the tree most often tapped for maple syrup.


Hard Maple is available in the following thickness:
  • 4/4 (13/16") flat sawn S2S and edged one side
  • 6/4 (1-5/16") flat sawn S2S and edged one side
  • 8/4 (1-13/16") flat sawn S2S and edged one side
  • 3/4" Maple plywood, available by special order