Hard Maple (Acer saccharum)A North American Hardwood.The sapwood of hard Maple is more commonly used that the heartwood. Sapwood colour range from nearly white to an off-white/cream colour and sometimes has a reddish of golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown. Has a fine, even texture and the grain is generally straight but may be wavy.
Rot resistance: Maple is rated as non-durable to perishable and is susceptible to insect attack.
Workability: Hard Maple is fairly easy to work with using both hand and machine tools. Can have a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as a router. Turns, glues and finishes well (although blotches can occur when staining and pre-conditioner, gel stain or toner may be necessary to get an even colour).
Average dried weight: 42lbs/ft3 (675kg/m3)
Average density: 45lb/ft3 (740kg/m3)