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Maple (Soft)
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Maple (Soft)

In most respects soft maple 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. The lumber is generally sold unselected for color.

Working Properties
Soft maple machines well and can be stained to an excellent finish. It glues, screws, and nails satisfactorily. Polishes well and is suitable for enamel finishes and brown tones. It dries slowly with minimal degrade and there is little movement in performance.

Physical Properties
Hardness: 950
 
Where it Grows
Throughout Eastern U.S., and to a lesser extent on the West Coast (bigleaf maple).

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