General Info and Benefits

Hard Maple - Acer saccharum

General Description
• Sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue
• The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown
• Unlike other hardwoods, the sapwood lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood

Physical Properties
• Janka Rating System = 1450 (higher Janka rating = harder wood)

Where It Grows
• Southern Canada south through Tennessee. From the Great Lakes to the eastern coast.
• Usually grows 80-115 feet tall with a 2-3 foot trunk diameter

Relative Abundance
• A very secure species with no conservation issues
• Readily available in both dimension lumber and veneer

Did You Know?
• The tree of choice for sap from which maple syrup is made
• Quilted and "birdseye” maple, are especially valued
• Used for bowling alleys and bowling pins, basketball courts including the floors used by the NBA, baseball bats (along with white ash), musical instruments, such as the members of the violin family (sides and back) guitars (neck), and drum shells
  • Maple Select
    Maple Select
    Featuring the least amount of color and grain variation and natural characteristics, Maple Select displays a lighter color tone and is a great option for a clear or light stain.
  • Maple Finish Grade
    Maple Finish Grade
    Maple Finish Grade is designed to be used when having your products finished by Decore-ative Specialties. With Finish Grade materials you will receive the material option that best suits the look you have selected, whether you choose a natural, stain, shader, or paint finish. As a result, the amount of natural color or grain may vary depending on the selected finish.
  • Maple Natural
    Maple Natural
    Maple Natural offers a light color tone, with an allowance for mineral streaks, worm tracks and varying amount of heartwood and sapwood on the face. In addition to this, it has an allowance for small closed knots or pin knots.
  • Maple Paint Grade
    Maple Paint Grade
    Maple Paint Grade allows for color and grain variation along with other natural characteristics, with the additional allowance for putty on the face of the door. This material is highly popular for painted finishes on solid wood doors.
  • Maple
    Offered in many of our components, moldings, accessories, and drawer boxes, Maple allows for some natural characteristics and variations in color.
  • Maple Preferred
    Maple Preferred
    When used on Drawer Boxes, Maple Preferred is similar in some ways to Maple Select. It features a minimal amount of color and grain variation, with few natural characteristics like pin knots or mineral streaks.
  • Maple Rustic Knotty
    Maple Rustic Knotty
    Maple Rustic Knotty displays a lighter color tone, with an allowance for larger-sized open knots, knots with cracks, clusters of pin knots, color and grain variation, mineral streaking and worm tracks.
  • Plain Sliced Select Maple
    Plain Sliced Select Maple
    Used for Veneer Doors, Plain Sliced Select Maple will display an even, consistent light color and grain pattern. It will also have a reduced allowance for knots and other defects on the face.
  • Maple Natural Cabinet Grade
    Maple Natural Cabinet Grade
    Maple Natural Cabinet Grade offers similar color and grain characteristics as seen in Maple Natural, however this material is usually offered with more natural defects than a Select or Natural Grade. The Cabinet Grade typically is used to offer a more economical price for the lower grade face and back. Due to the higher allowance for natural characteristics this material is not recommended for clear finishes or use on End Panels.
  • Maple Veneer / MDF
    Maple Veneer / MDF
    Maple Unfinished Veneer on a MDF core will display a fairly consistent color and grain pattern.