Appearance

Color: Maple hardwood varies in color from white to medium brown (Cream to light reddish-brown). When sorted for a clear grade some if not all of the brown color is pulled.

Grain: Hard maple has a close fine, uniform texture and is generally straight-grained with a natural luster. Hard maple can exhibit a bird’s-eye or burl grain. Bird’s-eye grain resembles small circular or elliptical figures. Clusters of round curls are known as burl.

Variations: In Maple there is soft color variations to heavy variation with the brown and mineral deposits. When stained, the grain appears very minimally and produces an even tone.

Workability: Hard maple ranks highly on the Janka Hardness Scale As a result, pre-boring is recommended when nailing and screwing hard maple hardwood.

Sawing/Machining: Good machining qualities. It can machine though with care, turns well, glues satisfactorily.

Sanding: No known problems.

Nailing: No known problems.

Finishing: Takes stain satisfactorily and polishes well. When stained, the grain appears very minimally and produces an even tone.

Comments Origin: North America.

Properties

Hardness/Janka: 1450 Maple is commonly used for mall & gym floors due to its durabitliy and wear properties.

Dimensional Stability: Above average. Heavy, hard, strong, close-grained and possesses a uniform texture. Hard maple has excellent resistance to abrasion and wear, making it ideal flooring for higher-traffic areas.

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