Rock Hard Maple

Also known as: Black Walnut, Black HickoryHard Maple, Rock Maple, Sugar Maple

Scientific: Acer saccharum

Janka Hardness: 1,450 lbf

Elastic Modulus: 12.62 GPa

Hard maple (Acer saccharum) is a deciduous tree native to North America, renowned for its dense and durable wood. Typically reaching 80 to 100 feet in height, hard maple boasts a straight trunk and a broad, rounded crown. Its heartwood varies from nearly white to a pale cream, exhibiting a fine, straight grain and a uniform texture. 

Maples are deciduous trees, shedding their leaves in the fall, and they are known for their vibrant autumn foliage, which can display hues of red, orange, and yellow. Many maples produce sap, which is tapped for making maple syrup. Beyond their economic and aesthetic value, maples have cultural significance in various regions and are often planted as ornamental trees in urban and suburban landscapes.  

characteristics of hard maple:

Known for its exceptional hardness, hard maple is a preferred choice for various applications, including furniture making, flooring, and cabinetry. The wood's strength, resistance to wear, and ability to take stains and finishes make it highly valued in both practical and aesthetic contexts. Beyond its utility, hard maple is celebrated for its vibrant autumn foliage, featuring shades of yellow, orange, and red.

color of hard maple:

The color of hard maple wood can vary, but it generally has a light and pale appearance. The heartwood of hard maple is usually light in color, ranging from nearly white to a pale cream or light tan shade. The sapwood, which is the outer, living part of the tree, is also light-colored. One of the notable features of hard maple is its uniform color, with minimal variation between the heartwood and sapwood. This consistent and light color makes hard maple a popular choice in various applications, particularly in furniture making, flooring, and cabinetry, where a clean and light aesthetic is often desired.

common uses for hard maple:

  1. Furniture Manufacturing:

    • Hard maple is a popular choice for crafting high-quality furniture, including tables, chairs, dressers, and cabinets. Its light color and smooth grain contribute to a clean and elegant aesthetic.
  2. Flooring:

    • The hardness and durability of hard maple make it an excellent choice for hardwood flooring. It withstands heavy foot traffic and resists wear and tear, providing a long-lasting and visually appealing flooring option.
  3. Cabinetry:

    • Hard maple is frequently used in the construction of kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Its fine grain allows for a smooth finish, and its hardness ensures the longevity of the cabinets.
  4. Wooden Utensils and Butcher Blocks:

    • Due to its tight grain and lack of prominent pores, hard maple is commonly used for crafting wooden utensils, cutting boards, butcher blocks, and other kitchenware. Its density makes it resistant to staining and absorbing odors.
  5. Musical Instruments:

    • The wood is employed in the manufacturing of musical instruments, particularly for the bodies of stringed instruments like violins, cellos, and basses. Its acoustic properties contribute to a bright and resonant tone.
  6. Bowling Alleys and Gymnasium Floors:

    • The durability and hardness of hard maple make it a preferred material for bowling alley lanes and gymnasium floors. It can withstand the impact and abrasion associated with these high-traffic areas.
  7. Architectural Millwork:

    • Hard maple is used for architectural millwork, including moldings, trim, and paneling. Its ability to take stains and finishes well allows for versatile design options.
  8. Turned and Carved Items:

    • Woodworkers frequently use hard maple for turned and carved items, such as bowls, spindles, and intricate decorative pieces. Its fine, even grain allows for detailed craftsmanship.
  9. Sports Equipment:

    • Hard maple is utilized in the construction of sports equipment, such as baseball bats, billiard cues, and hockey sticks. Its strength and impact resistance make it suitable for these applications.
  10. Veneer and Plywood:

    • The wood is often used for producing veneer and plywood, providing a stable and visually consistent material for various applications.
  11. Panels and Paneling:

    • Hard maple is employed in the production of panels and paneling for interior applications, contributing to a clean and modern look.
  12. Art and Craft Projects:

    • Crafters and artists use hard maple for various projects, taking advantage of its workability and versatility in creating sculp

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We typically offer HARD MAPLE in the following sizes and grades:

Scientific Sub-species Grade Features 4/4 5/4 6/4 8/4 12/4 Plywood Circle Sawn Live Edge Beam
Select & Better Kilh-Dried, Rough

Scientific information about HARD MAPLE:

S2S / S4S Glue Up Tables / Blocks
Straight Line / Gang Rippes Sand / Surfacing
Custom Moulding \ trim Radius Moulding
Flooring Stair Treads

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