Hard Maple, also called Sugar Maple and Rock Maple (scientific name: Acer saccharum), has a heartwood of dark red-brown color. The sapwood tends to range from nearly white to off-white cream with a red or golden hue. Its texture is fine and even, and the grain is straight but can be wavy.
Hard Maple is commonly found in northeastern North America. It is non-durable, prone to insect attack and perishable.
Janka Hardness :
6,450 N (1,450 lbf)
Average Dried Weight :
705 kg/m3 (44.0 lbs/ft3)
Fairly easy to achieve good results with either hand tools or machine tools. However, when machined with high-speed cutters it tends to burn. It turns well and is good for steam bending. It is good with glues and finishes well. Staining can produce blotching. Avoid using gel stain, toner, or pre-conditioner for an even color.