The sapwood is creamy white with a slight reddish
brown tinge and the heartwood varies from
light to dark reddish brown. The amount of
brown heartwood can vary significantly according
to growing region. Both sapwood and heartwood
can contain pith fleck. The wood has a close
fine, uniform texture and is generally straight-grained,
but it can also occur as “curly,” “fiddleback,” and “birds-eye” figure.
Hard maple dries slowly with high shrinkage,
so it can be susceptible to movement in performance.
Pre-boring is recommended when nailing and
screwing. With care it machines well, turns
satisfactorily, and can be stained to an outstanding
finish. Polishes well and is suitable for enamel
finishes and brown tones.
The wood is hard and heavy with good strength
properties, in particular its high resistance
to abrasion and wear. It also has good steam-bending
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Wood Species copy courtesy
(c) 2001, Hardwood Manufacturers Association