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Differences Between Hard Maple and Soft Maple

...0 cm) across. Bigleaf Maple is common in the Pacific northwest United States. Box Elder—Distinct from other maple leaves, Box Elder is sometimes called “Ash-leaved Maple,” since its leaves look closer to Ash than Maple. Red Maple—Leaves of Red Maple can vary in form, and look similar to either Striped or Hard Maple, though Red Maple tends to have a more jagged edge. Red Maple trees have distinctive red flowers, twigs, and seeds, as...

Hard Maple

...cer campestre) Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple Related Articles: Differences Between Hard Maple and Soft Maple State Trees of the United States Scans/Pictures: A special thanks to Steve Earis for providing the wood sample (burl) of this...

Black Maple

...cer saccharum) Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple Related Articles: Differences Between Hard Maple and Soft Maple Scans/Pictures: There are currently no pictures of this exact wood species, but a similar species within the Acer genus is being...

Silver Maple

...e (Acer campestre) Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple Related Articles: Differences Between Hard Maple and Soft Maple Scans/Pictures: Silver Maple (sanded) Silver Maple (sealed) Silver Maple (endgrain) Silver Maple (endgrain 10x) Silver Maple...

Bigleaf Maple

...cer saccharum) Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple Related Articles: Differences Between Hard Maple and Soft Maple Scans/Pictures: Bigleaf Maple (sanded) Bigleaf Maple (sealed) Bigleaf Maple (endgrain) Bigleaf Maple (endgrain 10x) Bigleaf Maple...

Striped Maple

...aple (Acer campestre) Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple Related Articles: Differences Between Hard Maple and Soft Maple Scans/Pictures: Striped Maple (sanded) Striped Maple (sealed) Striped Maple (endgrain) Striped Maple (endgrain 10x) Striped Maple...

Field Maple

...amous violins. Related Species: A special thanks to Steve Earis for providing the wood sample of this wood species. Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Black Maple (Acer nigrum) Box Elder (Acer negundo) Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft...

Red Maple

...campestre) Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple Related Articles: Differences Between Hard Maple and Soft Maple Scans/Pictures: Red Maple (sanded) Red Maple (sealed) Red Maple (endgrain) Red Maple (endgrain 10x) Red Maple (leaf) Red Maple...

Norway Maple

...Stradivarius and other older Italian violins are suspected to have been constructed from Norway Maple. Related Species: Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Black Maple (Acer nigrum) Box Elder (Acer negundo) Field Maple (Acer campestre) Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple...

Sycamore Maple

...Maple (Acer campestre) Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple Related Articles: Differences Between Hard Maple and Soft Maple Scans/Pictures: A special thanks to Steve Earis for providing the wood sample and turned photo of this wood species. You can see...

Curly Maple

.... Maple Tree Species Type/Figure Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Black Maple (Acer nigrum) Box Elder (Acer negundo) Field Maple (Acer campestre) Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple...

Quilted Maple

...) Maple Tree Species Type/Figure Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Black Maple (Acer nigrum) Box Elder (Acer negundo) Field Maple (Acer campestre) Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple...

Soft Maple

...oes not refer to any specific species of maple, but rather, it’s a broad term which includes several different species of 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)....

Birdseye Maple

.... Maple Tree Species Type/Figure Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Black Maple (Acer nigrum) Box Elder (Acer negundo) Field Maple (Acer campestre) Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple...

Ambrosia Maple

.... Maple Tree Species Type/Figure Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Black Maple (Acer nigrum) Box Elder (Acer negundo) Field Maple (Acer campestre) Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple...

Box Elder

...cer saccharum) Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple Related Articles: Differences Between Hard Maple and Soft Maple Preventing Color Changes in Exotic Woods Scans/Pictures: Below is an example of a red-streaked Box Elder board. Note that on this...

Spalted Maple

.... Maple Tree Species Type/Figure Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Black Maple (Acer nigrum) Box Elder (Acer negundo) Field Maple (Acer campestre) Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Ambrosia Maple Birdseye Maple Curly Maple Quilted Maple Soft Maple Spalted Maple...

Queensland Maple

...mon Uses: Furniture, cabinetry, veneer, musical instruments, gunstocks, and turned objects. Comments: Although named Queensland Maple, this wood is not a true maple (Acer genus), but is instead contained in the Rutaceae family, which also contains many genera and species in the citrus family. Related Species: None available. Related Articles: None available. Scans/Pictures: Queensland Maple (sanded) Queensland Maple (sealed) Queensland Maple...

Wood Identification Guide

...y figure or unusual characteristics, such as sapwood, curly or wild grain, burl/knots, etc.? Some species of wood have figure that is much more common than in other species: for example, curly figure is fairly common in Soft Maple, and the curls are usually well-pronounced and close together. Yet when Birch or Cherry has a curly grain, it is more often much less pronounced, and the curls are spaced farther apart. The strong, tight curl seen in...

Common US Hardwoods

...: Birch (generally has narrower rays than those found in maple). Pine (generally much lighter and softer than maple, and with more conspicuous color in the growth rings). Also, see the article on the Differences Between Hard Maple and Soft Maple. Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) 3. Walnut Comments: The real deal. Walnut is unique in that it is one of the only woods that is naturally rich, deep chocolate brown (though it can sometimes be slightly...

Worldwide Woods, a new poster

...riacanthos) Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) Magnolia, Southern (Magnolia grandiflora) Mahogany, Mountain (Cercocarpus ledifolius) Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens) Maple, Bigleaf (Acer macrophyllum) Maple, Hard (Acer saccharum) Maple, Red (Acer rubrum) Maple, Silver (Acer saccharinum) Mesquite, Honey (Prosopis glandulosa) Mulberry, Red (Morus rubra) Myrtle (Umbellularia californica) Oak, Black (Quercus velutina) Oak, Bur (Quercus macrocarpa) Oak,...

Wood Trading

...lla glued up (two piece), 3/8″ thick 006 Box Elder Acer negundo defects 007 Red Maple Acer rubrum slight defects 008 Hard Maple Acer saccharum 009 Mountain Maple Acer spicatum glued up (two piece), defects 010 Ambrosia Maple Acer spp. 011 Ambrosia Maple Acer spp. streaked, but without bug holes 012 Yellow Buckeye Aesculus flava (= A. octandra) 191 Chamfuta Afzelia quanzensis 013 Kauri Agathis australis swamp-recovered Kauri 015 Lebbeck...

Hardwood Anatomy

...ting the average width of the rays, some species also have two distinct sizes of rays present. In the case of Hard Maple (Acer saccharum), its combination of wide and narrow ray widths can help distinguish it from other soft maples. Hard Maple (endgrain 10x) Silver Maple (endgrain 10x) The sample of Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) on the left has two distinct ray widths—some are relatively narrow, while others are wider. The sample Silver Maple...

Wood Finishes: What Works When

...boats, decks, outdoor furniture), as well as high wear areas (flooring, tabletops, and cabinets). Teak, White Oak, Cherry (use water-based varnishes such as Minwax’s Polycrylic to preserve lighter colored woods such as Maple). Fails: Oily tropical hardwoods (can have issues curing properly), as well as any project where a natural or rustic look is desired. Wormy Chestnut, Ambrosia Maple, Banksia Pods. Evaporative Finishes The Lowdown: The...

About the Project

..., pic) Larch, European (veneer) Leadwood (sample) Lemonwood (sample) Limba (White) (veneer) Lime, European (sample, pic) Locust, Black (sample) Madrone (veneer) Mahogany, African (pic) Mansonia (veneer) Maple, Field (sample) Maple, Hard (veneer) Maple, Quilted (veneer) Maple, Sycamore (sample, veneer, pic) Mulberry, Red (pic) Myrtle, Tasmanian (sample) Oak, Bog (sample) Oak, Brown (sample, veneer) Oak, English (sample, veneer, pic) Oak, Holm...

State Trees of the United States

...hode Island Red Maple Acer rubrum South Carolina Sabal Palmetto Sabal palmetto South Dakota Black Hills Spruce Picea glauca var. densata Tennessee Tulip Poplar Liriodendron tulipifera Texas Pecan Carya illinoinensis Utah Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides Vermont Sugar Maple Acer saccharum Virginia Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida Washington Western Hemlock Tsuga heterophylla West Virginia Sugar Maple Acer saccharum Wisconsin Sugar Maple Acer...

The Periodic Table of Wood

...d Walnut, Peruvian Yellowheart [/expand] [expand title=”EUROPE (13 species)”] Ash, European Beech, European Birch, Masur Boxwood Cedar of Lebanon Elm, Wych Oak, English Olive Plane, London Spruce, Norway Sycamore Maple Walnut, English Yew, English [/expand] [expand title=”AFRICA (20 species)”] Afrormosia Afzelia Anigre Blackwood, African Bubinga Ebony, Gaboon Iroko Limba Mahogany, African Makore Mansonia Movingui Muninga...

Sycamore

...tinct ray flecks present on quartersawn surfaces—giving it a freckled appearance—and it is sometimes even called “Lacewood.” Grain/Texture: Sycamore has a fine and even texture that is very similar to maple. The grain is interlocked. Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; small to medium pores, numerous; solitary and in radial multiples and clusters; tyloses occasionally present, though not easily seen with lens; growth rings distinct...

Top Ten Most Overrated Woods

...re. It simply becomes generic “wood.” Try this instead: Something… anything. Break out of the ordinary. Quartersawn Sycamore is a visually interesting domestic hardwood that’s under-utilized. Ambrosia Maple (Acer spp.) Why people love it: The dark streaks contrast well against the lighter colored maple sapwood. Why it’s overrated: This color is not natural, it’s from beetles that infest and bore into the tree,...

Preventing Color Changes in Exotic Woods

...s’ heel of Purpleheart, which usually has very bland grain patterns.) If you absolutely must have a certain color *pop* on your next project, use dyes. I can’t stress this enough. Some dyed curly maple or quilted maple looks out-of-this-world, and you can tailor the color exactly how you want it, and it will actually last—provided you use quality lightfast dyes, such as TransTint.) Don’t be delusional. It really is only a...