|Soft Maple |
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DESCRIPTION: Is very similar to hard maple. Generally the sapwood is greyish white, sometimes with darker colored pith flecks. The heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown. The wood is usually straight-grained. 25% less hard than hard maple, has medium bending & crushing strength, and is low in stiffness & shock resistance. It has good steam-bending properties.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: North America-Throughout Eastern U.S.
BOTANICAL NAME: Acer rubrum, A. saccharinum
OTHER NAMES: Red Maple, Silver Maple, Box Elder
WORKING PROPERTIES: Machines well & can be stained to an excellent finish. It glues, screws & nails satisfactorily. Polishes well & is suitable for enamel finishes & brown tones. It dries slowly & there is little movement in performance.
USES: Furniture, paneling & millwork, kitchen cabinets, mouldings, doors, musical instruments & turnings. Often used as a substitute for hard maple or stained to resemble other species such as cherry. Its physical & working properties also make it a possible substitute for beech.
JANKA HARDNESS: 910