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Availability

  • FAS: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4, 16/4
  • 9″ & Wider FAS: 4/4, 5/4
  • Stained: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4*
  • #1 Common (WHND): 4/4, 5/4

Janka Hardness

  • 700 lbf (pounds force)

Specific Gravity

  • .44 (green), .47 (dry)

Location

  • Northeastern United States.

Description

  • Sapwood can range to a nice white color to a off-white color with hints of light golden or reddish brown. The heartwood is a darker reddish brown in color. The lumber has closed pores, straight grain, and a fine texture. The growth rings of Soft Maples are usually less distinct than Hard Maple.

How well does it work?

  • Soft Maple works well with and machine tools, but it’s high density will blunt cutting edges. The lumber will also have a tendency to burn when cut with high speed cutters, such as a router. Turns, finishes and glues decently, but blotchiness may occur when staining.

Seasoning and Durability

  • Sapwood is not durable for decay resistance. Heartwood is also not durable and liable to attack from insects.

Notes on Soft Maples

  • Soft Maple sold by Downes & Reader is more commonly known as Silver Maple, which gets its name because the leaves of this particular Soft Maple tree have pale silvery undersides. Silver Soft Maple also produces a lot of Curly Maple.

Toxicity

  • Soft Maple may cause skin irritation(dermatitis), runny nose, or have asthma like respiratory effects.

Common Uses

  • Flooring, cabinetry, furniture, panelling, instruments, and turnery.
  • * Stock is currently available in limited quanities. This generally means we have less than 500 BF, or the stock is either all narrow or an odd length.

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