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Wood Properties of Hard Maple

Hard Maple Alternative Name 1
Sugar Maple

Hard Maple Alternative Name 2
Black Maple

Hard Maple Amount of Figure
Intermediate

Hard Maple Amount of Natural Luster
Medium

Hard Maple Availability of Wood
Plentiful

Hard Maple Available As Lumber
Yes

Hard Maple Available as Veneer
Yes

Hard Maple Available only in small sizes
No

Hard Maple Bending Strength
High

Hard Maple Blunting of Tool Blades
Moderate to Severe

Hard Maple Botanical Name
Acer spp.

Hard Maple Carving
Good, easy to carve

Hard Maple Clear Finish or Varnish
Good

Hard Maple Color of Wood
Red Brown

Hard Maple Contrast between growth rings
Diffuse Porous

Hard Maple Crushing Strength
High

Hard Maple Decorative Figure
Yes

Hard Maple Density
High

Hard Maple Drilling
Very good

Hard Maple Fill before Finishing
Does not require a filler

Hard Maple Gluing
Average - Requires control

Hard Maple Grain
Mostly Straight

Hard Maple Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Faint growth ring

Hard Maple Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Faint growth ring stripe

Hard Maple Hand Tooling
Difficult

Hard Maple Hardness
Hard, difficult to dent

Hard Maple Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Hard Maple Harmful Properties
Non Toxic

Hard Maple Interlocked Grain
Yes

Hard Maple Kiln-dried Shrinkage
High

Hard Maple Machine Tools
Average

Hard Maple Mortising
Very good

Hard Maple Movement after drying
Moderate

Hard Maple Nail Holding
Good- Nails are fairly difficult to pull out

Hard Maple Nailing
Tends to split wood - Requires pre-drilled pilot hole

Hard Maple Natural Durability
Non-durable

Hard Maple Number of Knots
Intermediate

Hard Maple Painting
Good

Hard Maple Planing
Average

Hard Maple Polishing
Fair

Hard Maple Pounds per cubic foot maximum
46

Hard Maple Pounds per cubic foot minimum
44

Hard Maple Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Hard Maple Sanding
Rather difficult

Hard Maple Sawing
High cutting resistance - Wood tends to bind or burn

Hard Maple Screw Holding
Good - Fairly difficult to remove screws

Hard Maple Screwing
Tends to split wood - Requires pre-drilled pilot holes

Hard Maple Shaping
Good

Hard Maple Size of Knots
Intermediate

Hard Maple Size of Pores
Small Pores - Closed grain

Hard Maple Specific Gravity
Very high

Hard Maple Specific Gravity maximum
.68

Hard Maple Specific Gravity minimum
.68

Hard Maple Staining
Fair - May stain unevenly or change colors

Hard Maple Steam Bending
Satisfactory

Hard Maple Stiffness
High

Hard Maple Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Hard Maple Texture of the Wood
Fine

Hard Maple Toughness
High

Hard Maple Turning
Good

Hard Maple Weight
Heavy

Hard Maple Wood Defects
Honeycomb (or collapse), warp

Hard Maple Work Notes
Hard mineral deposits require sharp or carbide tipped saw knives

Hard Maple Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
YES

Hard Maple Use for Carving
no

Hard Maple Use for Cooperage
no

Hard Maple Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Hard Maple Use for Flooring
YES

Hard Maple Use for Furniture
YES

Hard Maple Use for Handles
YES

Hard Maple Use for Heavy Construction
no

Hard Maple Use for Inlay
no

Hard Maple Use for Interior Finish
YES

Hard Maple Use for Light Construction
no

Hard Maple Use for Marine Applications
no

Hard Maple Use for Marquetry
no

Hard Maple Use for Millwork
no

Hard Maple Use for Models and Patterns
no

Hard Maple Use for Musical Instruments
YES

Hard Maple Use for Novelties
YES

Hard Maple Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Hard Maple Use for Shingles
no

Hard Maple Use for Sports Equipment
YES

Hard Maple Use for Turnery
YES

Hard Maple Use for Woodenware
YES





     
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