Hard Maple, scientifically known as Acer saccharum, is a hardwood species native to North America. It is highly regarded for its exceptional hardness, light color, and workability in woodworking.
Appearance and Characteristics
Hard Maple wood is known for its pale to light brown color, often with a slight reddish or golden hue. The wood typically features a fine, uniform grain pattern, giving it a clean and elegant appearance. Hard Maple is moderately heavy, typically weighing around 3.6 to 4.0 pounds per board foot (816 to 907 kilograms per cubic meter).
Hard Maple is prized for its workability. It is relatively easy to machine, cut, shape, and sand. The wood takes finishes well and can be stained to enhance its color. It is often chosen for its excellent durability and ease of workability.
Uses in Woodworking
Hard Maple wood finds numerous applications in woodworking, including:
Flooring: Hard Maple is a popular choice for hardwood flooring due to its hardness and durability. It can withstand heavy foot traffic and remains visually appealing over time.
Furniture: It is often used in crafting fine furniture, including tables, chairs, and cabinets. Its clean and light appearance adds a bright and elegant touch to furniture designs.
Cabinetry: The wood's fine grain and light color make it suitable for cabinetry, especially for kitchens, where it provides a fresh and inviting ambiance.
Millwork and Trim: Hard Maple is used in millwork projects, including moldings, trim, and interior doors. Its uniform appearance adds a touch of sophistication to architectural elements.
Woodturning: Hard Maple is a preferred wood for woodturning. Its density and fine grain allow woodturners to create various turned items, such as bowls, platters, and spindles with precision.
Hard Maple wood exhibits excellent durability:
Indoor Use: Hard Maple is ideal for indoor applications, particularly for flooring, furniture, cabinetry, and millwork. Its strength and resistance to wear and moisture fluctuations make it an excellent choice for interior projects.
Outdoor Use: While not typically recommended for outdoor use due to its limited natural resistance to the elements, it can be used for short-term or protected outdoor projects with proper finishing and maintenance.
Bug/Insect and Rot Resistance: Hard Maple is not inherently resistant to insects and decay, but its durability and hardness make it a reliable choice for indoor applications.
Hard Maple is prized for its durability, versatility, and timeless appearance, making it a preferred choice for a wide range of woodworking projects.
VARIATIONS AND OPTIONS
All lumber now ships surfaced on 2 sides, and ripped on 1 edge at a minimum. Surfacing is done to a 1/16th over nominal (+- .030). Also the option for a rip to width is now available for a premium price. Ripping is done on an industrial straight line/gang rip machine. While the rip will be consistent end to end, the fence may not always end up in the same spot between orders. Rip widths will be within 1/8th of an inch of stated widths.
4/4 will be surfaced to 13/16ths.
5/4 will be surfaced to 1 and 1/16th.
6/4 6/4 will be surfaced to 1 and 5/16ths.
8/4 will be surfaced to 1 and 13/16ths.
10/4 will be surfaced to 2 and 5/16ths.
16/4 will be surfaced to 2 and 13/16ths.