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American Hard Maple

Specification

Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of Hard Maple is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. You would want to choose Hard Maple for applications where hardness and strength are important, although it is not suitable for exterior joinery.

Appearance

Colour – Creamy white with a pale reddish brown tinge

Grain – Straight, occasionally wavy or curly

Texture – Fine and even

Characteristics

  • Strength – Good strength properties.
  • Ease Of Drying – dries slowly with high shrinkage
  • Movement In Service – Small
  • Preservative Treatment – Moderate

Working Properties

  • Sawing – Excellent
  • Planing – Good
  • Drilling – Good
  • Boring – Excellent
  • Turning – Excellent

 

  • Carving – Good
  • Moulding – Good
  • Nailing – Fair
  • Screwing – Fair
  • Gluing – Good

Finishing

  • Staining – Can produce an outstanding finish
  • Polishing – Polishes well and is suitable for enamel finishes and brown tones