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Wood Properties of Soft Maple

Soft Maple Alternative Name 1
Red Maple

Soft Maple Alternative Name 2
Silver Maple

Soft Maple Alternative Name 3
Bigleaf Maple

Soft Maple Amount of Figure
Intermediate

Soft Maple Amount of Natural Luster
Medium

Soft Maple Availability of Wood
Plentiful

Soft Maple Available As Lumber
Yes

Soft Maple Available as Veneer
Yes

Soft Maple Available only in small sizes
No

Soft Maple Bending Strength
Moderate

Soft Maple Blunting of Tool Blades
Moderate

Soft Maple Botanical Name
Acer spp.

Soft Maple Carving
Average to somewhat difficult to carve

Soft Maple Clear Finish or Varnish
Good

Soft Maple Color of Wood
Yellow - Red Brown

Soft Maple Contrast between growth rings
Diffuse Porous

Soft Maple Crushing Strength
Moderate

Soft Maple Decorative Figure
Yes

Soft Maple Density
Moderate

Soft Maple Drilling
Good

Soft Maple Fill before Finishing
Does not require a filler

Soft Maple Gluing
Average - Requires control

Soft Maple Grain
Mostly Straight

Soft Maple Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Faint growth ring

Soft Maple Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Faint growth ring stripe

Soft Maple Hand Tooling
Average

Soft Maple Hardness
Average

Soft Maple Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Soft Maple Harmful Properties
Non Toxic

Soft Maple Interlocked Grain
No

Soft Maple Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Moderate

Soft Maple Machine Tools
Average

Soft Maple Mortising
Rather difficult

Soft Maple Movement after drying
Moderate

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

Soft Maple Nailing
Fair - may require pre-drilled pilot hole especially near ends

Soft Maple Natural Durability
Non-durable

Soft Maple Number of Knots
Intermediate

Soft Maple Painting
Good

Soft Maple Planing
Average

Soft Maple Polishing
Good

Soft Maple Pounds per cubic foot maximum
34

Soft Maple Pounds per cubic foot minimum
26

Soft Maple Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Soft Maple Sanding
Rather difficult

Soft Maple Sawing
Moderate cutting resistance

Soft Maple Screw Holding
Good - Fairly difficult to remove screws

Soft Maple Screwing
Fair - May require pre-drilled pilot holes especially near ends

Soft Maple Shaping
Rather difficult

Soft Maple Size of Knots
Intermediate

Soft Maple Size of Pores
Small Pores - Closed grain

Soft Maple Specific Gravity
Moderate

Soft Maple Specific Gravity maximum
.54

Soft Maple Specific Gravity minimum
.47

Soft Maple Staining
Good

Soft Maple Steam Bending
Satisfactory

Soft Maple Stiffness
Very low

Soft Maple Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Soft Maple Texture of the Wood
Moderately Fine

Soft Maple Toughness
Low

Soft Maple Turning
Good

Soft Maple Weight
Moderate

Soft Maple Wood Defects
Honeycomb (or collapse), ring check

Soft Maple Work Notes
Requires sharp tools

Soft Maple Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
YES

Soft Maple Use for Carving
no

Soft Maple Use for Cooperage
no

Soft Maple Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Soft Maple Use for Flooring
no

Soft Maple Use for Furniture
YES

Soft Maple Use for Handles
no

Soft Maple Use for Heavy Construction
no

Soft Maple Use for Inlay
no

Soft Maple Use for Interior Finish
YES

Soft Maple Use for Light Construction
no

Soft Maple Use for Marine Applications
no

Soft Maple Use for Marquetry
no

Soft Maple Use for Millwork
no

Soft Maple Use for Models and Patterns
no

Soft Maple Use for Musical Instruments
YES

Soft Maple Use for Novelties
no

Soft Maple Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Soft Maple Use for Shingles
no

Soft Maple Use for Sports Equipment
YES

Soft Maple Use for Turnery
YES

Soft Maple Use for Woodenware
no





     
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