Red Soft Maple
In most respects soft maple is very similar
to hard maple. Generally the sapwood is greyish
white, sometimes with darker colored pith
The heartwood varies from light to dark reddish
brown. The wood is usually straight-grained.
When selected for color, this lumber is used
as an alternate to Hard Maple.
Soft maple machines well and can be stained
to an excellent finish. It glues, screws, and
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.
Soft maple is about 25 percent less hard than
hard maple, has medium bending and crushing
strength, and is low in stiffness and shock
It has good steam-bending properties.
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Wood Species copy courtesy
(c) 2001, Hardwood Manufacturers Association