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.