Maple, soft

Maple

Maple, soft

Colour

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Maple

The Tree
A. saccharinum grows to a height of 27m or more and to a diameter of about 1.0m.A. rubrum reaches a height of 15m to 23m and a diameter of 0.75m.

The Timber
Soft maple is straight-grained and fine textured. The heartwood is light reddish-brown with deeper-coloured late-wood bands. The sapwood is white in colour, and furnishes the white maple prized for certain uses. It differs mainly from the hard maples in its lower density and softer texture.

Drying
All types dry without undue difficulty but rather slowly.

Strength
Soft maple is inferior to rock maple in all strength categories; it is 40 to 50 per cent softer, about the same amount less resistant to shock loading and in shear strength. 20 per cent less stiff, and 20 to 30 per cent weaker in bending and compression along the grain, and less resistant to splitting.

Working Qualities
Medium - Soft maple works and machines with less difficulty than hard maple in all operations.

Latin Name
Acer saccharinum, Acer rubrum

Also known as
red maple, soft maple, silver maple

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Moderately easy

Moisture
Medium

Texture
Fine

Origin
Canada, USA