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Soft Maple, WHND

Common Name: Soft Maple
Latin Name: Acer Rubrum, Acer Saccharinum
Characteristics of the Tree: This medium size tree can reach 23m (75ft) in height and 750mm (2ft 6in) in diameter.
Characteristics of the Wood: The light creamy-brown wood is straight grained with a lustrous surface and fine texture. It is not as strong as Hard Maple but is often used to imitate it. It is good for steam bending.
Common Uses: Furniture, joinery, cabinetry, turnery, flooring, musical instruments and veneer.
Workability: It works easily with hand and machine tools. It accepts glues well.
Finishing: It accepts stains well and can be polished to a fine finish.
Average Dry Weight: 630kg/m3 (39lb/ft3)
Source Information: “Collins Good Wood Guide”, Harper/Collins Publishers