Other Common Names: Sugar Maple or Rock Maple
Northwest’s Hard Maple is grown in both the Glacial and Appalachian regions.
Unlike other hardwoods, the sapwood of Hard Maple is used rather than the heartwood. Admired for its beautiful cream color fine texture, the grain is generally straight but also occurs as “birds-eye,” “curly,” and “fiddleback” grain. Hard Maple turns well on a lathe and is resistant to abrasion. Hard Maple’s beauty and strength makes it a favorite for flooring, cabinetry, furniture, paneling and veneer.
Hard Maple is also used for gunstocks, tool handles, plywood dies, cutting blocks, woodenware, novelty products, sporting goods, bowling pins, and musical instruments.
- Machining 4
- Nailing 2
- Screwing 2
- Gluing 4
- Finishing 5
PROPERTIES OF Hard Maple
Hard Maple is relatively easy to work with both hand and machine tools. It turns, glues and finishes well.
HOW DOES IT COMPARE
(12 % moisture content)
|Alder, red (Western)||.41||4.4||7.3||590||5820||9800||1380||Fine|
|Maple, PC (Big Leaf)||.62||7.3||7.8||540||7200||11300||1630||Moad/Course|
|Maple, silver (soft)||.62||7.3||7.8||540||7200||11300||1630||Moad/Course|
|Maple, sugar (hard)||.62||7.3||7.8||1260||11300||1630||Moad/Course|
|Oak, Red (Northern)||.62||7.3||7.8||540||11300||1630||Moad/Course|