Scientific Name: Acer saccharum

Grown mostly in Northeastern America, but unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood is most commonly used – not its heartwood. The sapwood color ranges from almost white, to a cream color with the heartwood being a darker reddish brown. Hard maple can also be seen with curly or quilted grain patterns. Hard Maple’s grain and texture is for the most part straight, but may be curvy with a smooth texture.

Working Properties: Considered easy to work with both hand and machine tools, however it could burn when being machined such as using a router. Glues, and finishes well, though imperfections s can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner or toner may be needed to get an unified color.

Rot Resistance: it is rated as non-durable to perishable, and is quite vulnerable to insect attack