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.
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