Uses: Soft maple is used for domestic flooring, furniture, interior joinery, piano actions, dairy and laundry equipment, sports goods, turnery, panelling, etc. Selected logs are rotary cut for plywood manufacture in Canada and USA, and sliced for highly figured decorative veneering.
General Description: Soft Maple is creamy white and is straight grained. It is less lustrous than rock maple and the growth rings are comparatively indistinct. The rays are narrower and less conspicuous but pith flecks more frequently present. Weight 630 kg/m³ (39 lb/ft³); and specific gravity .63 average.
Medium bending and crushing strengths, low stiffness and resistance to shock loads. It is good for steam bending.
Dries slowly with little degrade or problems. There is small movement in service.
The heartwood is non-durable and liable to attack by insects. It is moderately resistant to preservative treatment but the sapwood is permeable.
Family Name: Aceraceae
Latin Name: Acer rubrum
Distribution: Canada and Eastern USA.
Also known as: Soft maple (UK). Pacific maple (UK).