Characteristics

  • Other Names: Sugar Maple or Rock Maple
  • Origin: North America
  • Appearance: 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. Birdseye Maple is a figure found most commonly in Hard Maple. Hard Maple can also be seen with curly or quilted grain patterns. Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture.
  • Density: Janka scale hardness is between 740 to 1250 for dry material
  • Weight: Anigre weighs in at an average between 30 and 36 lbs. / cu. ft., or approximately 2.5 to 3 lbs. per board foot
  • Drying: Seasons well without degrade
  • Workability: Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though slightly more difficult than Soft Maple due to Hard Maple’s higher density. 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.
  • Durability: Rated as non-durable to perishable, and susceptible to insect attack.
  • Preservation: Reported to have good treatability
  • Finishing: Rather difficult to finish. If left unfinished, Hard Maple will will turn gray when untreated and left unfinished.

Quality & Grade

  • FAS – Select and Better
  • Plain Sawn / Flat Sawn
  • Quarter Sawn Available in Limited Quantities
  • No Sapwood
  • Minimal Knots
  • Minimal to No Defects
  • Creamy White Color – Wavy Grain
  • Kiln Dried to 8-10% Moisture Content

Interesting Hard Maple Wood Facts

  • Syrup companies tap the Sugar Maple tree for its tasty Maple syrup.
  • The hard maple is the state tree of Wisconsin, Vermont, New York and West Virginia.
  • Until the turn of the century, the heels of women’s shoes were made from maple.

Surfaced Maple Hardwood

We can surface your Hard Maple Wood order in two different ways.

  • S2S (Surfaced Two Sides) – The Maple Wood board(s) will be surfaced on both sides/faces to a smooth finish. Both edges remain rough and will need to be straightened by the customer or woodworker. Starting Cost: $.35 and up per BF.
  • S4S (Surfaced Four Sides) – The Maple Wood Board(s) will be surfaced on all four sides to a smooth finish. The board will be straight and ready for glue up. Starting Cost: $.50 and up per BF.

Light sanding on surfaced sides/faces will be required by the customer or woodworker once the project is near complete.

Additional lead time may be required if your order requires surfacing.

Rough Cut Hard Maple Wood

Our Rough Sawn Hard Maple Wood Lumber is readily available for shipment within 24 to 48 hours of placing your order depending on our workload. The surfacing, edging, and finishing is completed by the customer or woodworker. The material has not been machined in anyway aside from being ripped on the band saw. The cost of this material is less than S2S or S4S Hard Maple Wood Lumber.

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