White Hard Maple Turning Blanks - Lumber Squares
Our dimensional hard maple (acer saccharum or "sugar maple") is sourced from the best growing regions around the Great Lakes. In these regions hard maple trees are mostly second-growth, growing with such a high sap-to-heart ratio that they are often known as “pencil heart” maple. This leads to our final products that are consistently bright and attractive, utilizing the brighter sap wood as compared to the darker colored heart wood. Our hard maple lumber and dimensional products are predominantly white, with very little to no brown heart.
Hard maple is known for its hardness, density and its resistance to wear and abrasion. It also offers a very bright color which makes it desirable for applications that require high contrast such as bowling alleys and dance hall or gymnasium flooring. Its hardness and appearance also make it an ideal material for projects ranging from musical instruments to toys and crafts. It also works in kitchen applications such as butcher blocks and cutting boards.
We offer white hard maple squares in 4/4, 5/4, and 6/4 sizes. They can be used as turning blanks for furniture legs or furniture components.
To learn more about our proprietary grades, check out our custom grading rules that are always a notch (or two) above the competition.
- White hard maple squares in 4/4, 5/4, and 6/4 dimensions.
- Surfaced 4 Sides (S4S) to dimensional sizes. (See tolerance chart.)
- Very high white sapwood content. There will be virtually no brown heart wood in these squares.
- Lumber is very carefully dry-kilned to 6-8% M.C. (moisture content) and then stress relieved. This produces lumber that is free of internal stress, flat, and very stable.
Working with Hard Maple Lumber
Occasionally hard maple lumber may contain natural characteristics such as curly or birdseye. (We normally pull heavy characteristic wood from wood used for squares. ) The texture is fine.
Hard maple is moderately hard and may need to sharpen your cutting tools a bit more often when working with this species. It accepts finishing well. It can be stained and finished to achieve your desired final aesthetic.
We suggest that you always wear a protective mask as the dust may be harmful to your health.