Is Maple a hard wood or soft wood?
Wood from broad leaved deciduous trees is hardwood. Wood from trees with needles or scales is softwood. Maple comes in many varieties rock, silver ,sugar, hard, soft etc. All of which are hardwoods because maple trees have leaves.
Maple is a creamy white hardwood that sometimes has a reddish tinge. One of the hardest wood species, maple is often chosen for heavy-use items, like dressers and kitchen cabinets. Pros: Maple is affordable and ultra-durable. It can take a beating and look great for years.
- Sampling some softwoods
- Poplar. Poplar is one of the less expensive hardwoods.
- Teak. Teak is becoming rarer as the days go on, but it is the staple for fine outdoor furniture.
- Walnut. With a hardness of about 4 on a 1 to 5 scale, walnut is a rich brown wood that's easy to work with.
- Although hard maple is very stable compared to other species, some consumers believe that it is more likely than hardwood oak to twist and warp. Its longevity also depends on the condition of the wood and the way it is installed.
- Oak is commonly used for flooring and furniture because many people love its grain. This is one wood that can be found quarter-sawn (the most stable cutting option available). In fact, quarter-sawn white oak is less expensive than some other hardwoods, like cherry.
Maple trees are one of the most common species found in the hardwood forests of North America. There are many variations of the species but for practical purposes we separate maples into two types of lumber. The first is Hard Maple, (Acer saccharum), which many also refer to as Sugar Maple.
- For example, Balsa wood is classified as a hardwood despite the fact that it is very soft and light. Softwood and hardwood are not distinguished by their end use or appearance they are distinguished by the type of tree. Some examples of hardwoods include maple, oak, alder, birch, cherry, hickory, mahogany and walnut.
- Softwoods come from coniferous trees such as cedar, fir, and pine and tend to be somewhat yellow or reddish. Because most coniferous trees grow fast and straight, softwoods are generally less expensive than hardwoods. Following is a list of common softwood varieties and their characteristics.
- Red Maple is common over a very large area of the eastern Untied States, and its wood tends to be slightly heavier, stronger, and harder than other species in the grouping of Soft Maples, though it is still not as strong as Hard Maple.
The term “Soft Maple” is merely used to differentiate these species from Hard Maple. Hard Maple, on the other hand, typically refers to one specific type of maple species: Acer saccharum. Hard Maple is also known as Rock Maple or Sugar Maple, (this is the same tree which is tapped to get maple syrup).
- Maple is a creamy white hardwood that sometimes has a reddish tinge. One of the hardest wood species, maple is often chosen for heavy-use items, like dressers and kitchen cabinets. Pros: Maple is affordable and ultra-durable. It can take a beating and look great for years.
- It is readily distinguished from Sugar Maple (i.e., Hard Maple) as the leaves of Silver Maple have deep notches between the lobes, whereas Sugar Maple's leaves have shallower notches. Silver Maple is considered to be in the grouping of Soft Maples, and its wood is lighter, softer, and weaker than that of Hard Maple.
- Mahogany is a commercially important lumber prized for its beauty, durability, and color, and used for paneling and to make furniture, boats, musical instruments and other items.
Updated: 18th September 2018