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Soft Maple
WOOD TYPES: Soft Maple  

Color: The sapwood is typically off white to white in color, occasionally with brown or gray streaks present. Conversely, the heartwood is dark gray to brown, with a majority being gray.

Uses: Cabinets, furniture, moulding, doors. Contrary to its name.Soft Maple is NOT a soft wood! Because it's relatively inexpensive, it is sometimes used in place of Hard Maple. Also used in place of Birch, due to it's high quality. Soft Maple has a similar grain pattern to American Cherry.

Workability: Very popular because it is easy to work with, glues, paints, and stains well. Sometimes when staining, "blotching" can occur. Has a slight tendency to "burn" when being ripped.

Plywood: Not kept in stock on a regular basis. White or Natural Maple and Birch plywood are good substitutes.

Additional Info: Soft Maples is also known as Red Maple. The "soft" title is misleading because it is actually a very hard wood, although it is still softer than Hard Maple.

Species Grades Stocked Thickness Stocked Average Board Footage Stocked
Soft Maple FAS 4/4 5/4 6/4 8/4 10/4 12/4 50,000
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