Hardwood Timber Choices: the Benefits of Hard Maple

Hardwood Timber Choices: the Benefits of Hard Maple

Published on Friday, September 22, 2017


For a durable, gorgeous hardwood to make statement flooring or panelling, consider hard maple.

What can hard maple be used for?

Thanks to its durability, maple is most suitable for:

  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Panelling

What does maple look like?

Maple is often creamy white in colour, generally with a reddish tinge. The heartwood can
occasionally be a dark brown colour and the sapwood is a light colour. The grain is usually
straight but can become curly or wavy, which looks particularly unusual.

Maple’s working properties

Hard maple dries slowly with high shrinkage, so it can be susceptible to movement in
performance. Pre-boring is recommended when nailing and screwing. With care it
machines well, turns well and glues satisfactorily. It can be stained to an outstanding finish, suitable for enamel finishes and brown tones, and also polishes well.

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Maple timber profile:

  • Strength: Good
  • Weight: 720kg/m3
  • Originates from: Canada and northern and eastern states of USA
  • Average tree height: 30m or more and 1.0m to 1.5m in diameter
  • Availability: Widely available
  • Fun fact: Native Americans crafted their spears from hard maple

Maybe maple is the right hardwood for you? To see our stunning selection of timber on offer, call in to our Joinery & Woodworking Centre and chat to our team.