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Hard Maple Wood Characteristics

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Color/Appearance: Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of hard maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. Sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown.
Grain/Texture: Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture.
Comments: In tree form, hard maple is usually referred to as sugar maple, and is the tree most often tapped for maple syrup.
Hard maple ought to be considered the king of the Acer genus. Its wood is stronger, stiffer, harder, and denser than all of the other species of maple commercially available in lumber form.

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