Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though slightly more difficult than Soft Maple due to Hard Maple’s higher density. Maple has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even color.
|Colour / Appearance||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||Birds Eye maple grain is generally straight with a fine, even texture and tiny, swirling eyes disrupting the smooth lines of grain|
|Janka Hardness||1,450 lbf (6,450 N)|
|Uses||The uses for hard and soft maple are practically the same except for most exacting requirements of hardness and strength. Typical uses for maple include flooring, furniture and cabinet making|