Maple, Hard

Common Names: Hard Maple, sugar maple, rock maple

Region: Northeastern North America

Janka Hardness: 1,450 lbf

Description: Unlike other wood, the sapwood of the hard maple lumber is most commonly used rather than the heartwood. Grain is generally straight but can be wavy. Hard Maple is considered to be non-durable to perishable, and susceptible to insect attack. Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Maple has a tendency to burn when being machined with high speeds. Turns, glues, and finishes well. Consider using a pre-conditioner or toner when staining as maple can be blotchy.

Common Uses: Flooring (basketball courts, dance floors, and bowling alleys), musical instruments, cutting boards, butcher blocks, workbenches, baseball bats, and turned objects.