Soft Maple is regarded by many experts in the hardwood lumber industry as one of the most versatile species in the industry. With its ability to sand nicely, machine easily, stain well, hold firm edges in joinery, and its reputation for having a straight grain, Soft Maple is a very popular choice for furniture and cabinetry.
However, Soft Maple is not only used in these type of applications. It is also used in a variety of other applications such as millwork, musical instruments, wood crates, wood-turning, mouldings, and occasionally even hardwood flooring.
Typically found in the Northern and Appalachian regions of the eastern United States, Soft Maple is commonly made up of the combination of two maple species, Red Maple (Acer rubum) and Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) - Not to be confused with Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) that is found in the Pacific Northwest. Due to the ability for Soft Maple to grow plentifully in these regions, it seems to be consistently available and sawn regularly in many of the sawmills throughout those regions.
Fortunately, American Lumber has several sawmills within the regions that Soft Maple grows. While we do offer all the standard thicknesses and grades of Soft Maple that our customers demand, we also offer specialty sorts and custom grades for customers that are looking for lumber more tailored to their specific needs. On occasion, we also provide wormy soft maple, figured or curly maple, and white 2 face sorts which regularly from our inventory. If you think that Soft Maple might be a good option for your specific use, contact us today! We would be happy to help!