Hard Maple

Acer saccharum.

Hard maple is prized for its cream to white colored sapwood and light red-brown heartwood. Maple is diffuse porous with a subtle grain pattern -- highlighted by characteristic springwood. The wood is heavy, strong and stiff. Hard Maple works well; stains and finishes nicely.

General Information

Uses Availability Price
Furniture, cabinets, flooring, interior decoration including stairs and paneling, musical instruments, toys, bowling alleys and pins, woodenware. Generally available in 4/4 through 8/4 thickness, limited availability 10/4 and thicker. Valuable.

Relative Working Properties

Machining Resistance to splitting in nailing Resistance to splitting in screwing Gluing
Excellent Fair Good Good

Physical Properties

Specific gravity (12% m.c.) Average shipping weight kilograms (kg) per cubic metre (m3) air dry Average volumetric shrinkage (oven dry % of green) Modulus of rupture (kilopascals) Modulus of elasticity (megapascals) Side hardness (newtons)
0.63 655 14.7 109000 12600 6400

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