Domestic Hardwood - Soft Maple
- 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
- Northeastern United States.
- 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.
- Soft Maple may cause skin irritation(dermatitis), runny nose, or have asthma like respiratory effects.
- 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.