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Maple
Acer saccharum

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Commodity item; figured grains limited.

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Appearance

COLOR: Heartwood is creamy white to light reddish brown; sapwood is pale to creamy white.

GRAIN: Closed, subdued grain, with medium figuring and uniform texture. Occasionally shows quilted fiddleback, curly or bird's-eye figuring. Figured boards often culled during grading and sold at premium.

VARIATIONS WITHIN SPECIES AND GRADES: Black maple (B. nigrum) is also hard; other species are classified as soft.
General Grading Rules / Maple Grading

Workability

SAWING/MACHINING: Density makes machining difficult.
SANDING: Sands satisfactorily.
NAILING: Fair resistance to splitting; good holding ability.
FINISHING: Takes neutral finish well; does not stain uniformly.

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