Wednesday, 30 August 2017 17:47

Soft Maple Could Be an Excellent Choice

If you talk to some of the experts in the furniture and cabinetry industries, they would tell you that soft maple is one of the most versatile lumber species they use. It typically offers straight grain patterns, is easy to machine, sands nicely, holds edges firmly in joinery and takes stain well.

soft mapleIn the eastern United States, what we commonly call soft maple is mostly the combination of two maple species specifically named silver maple, (acer saccharinum), and red maple, (acer rubum).  Soft maple grows abundantly throughout the Northern and Appalachian regions and therefore is a regularly manufactured hardwood in the sawmill making selection and availability consistent. If you source hardwoods from the Pacific Northwest you might be familiar with big leaf maple, (Acer macrophyllum), but that is not what we are referring to here.

Soft maple can be a very good general purpose hardwood.  Besides furniture and cabinetry, we have also seen in requested for various other applications mouldings, millwork, musical instruments, crates, wood-turning uses, doors and even sometimes flooring.

At Baillie Lumber, we are fortunate to have several sawmills in the region soft maple grows. Besides all the standard grades & thicknesses we have consistently helped customers with specialty sorts of soft maple. Some of the products we offer include wormy soft maple, white 2 face soft maple, and figured or curly maple.

If you are looking for an alternate hardwood supplier or a specific sort of soft maple contact us today. We might be able to help!

Tony Cimorelli
Baillie Lumber
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