Hard Maple is hard and heavy, and admired for its bright white color and fine grain.
At times it can also produce "curly" or "fiddle back" character, which can add unique accents to furniture and other wood products. Its beauty and strength makes it a favorite for flooring and cabinetry.
Ratings indicate the degree of difficulty working with this species relative to other hardwoods. A '5' rating is the best. A '1' rating is the most challenging.