Soft Maple


Common Names
Soft Maple, Silver Maple, Pacific Maple, Oregon Maple
Scientific Name
Acer rubrum
North America
Soft Maple heartwood ranges from nearly white to a pale yellow-brown color. It has a straight grain pattern with a fine to medium texture. The wood has a low to moderate natural luster.
Avg. Dried Weight
34-41 lbs/ft3 (545-655 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness
700 lbf
Modulus of Rupture
8,500 lbf/in2 (58.6 MPa)
Elastic Modulus
1,230,000 lbf/in2 (8.48 GPa)
Crushing Strength
5,690 lbf/in2 (39.2 MPa)
Radial: 4.8%, Tangential: 9.4%, Volumetric: 14.7%, T/R Ratio: 2.0
Rated as perishable, susceptible to decay and insect attacks.
Soft Maple wood is relatively easy to work with. It machines well and has good dimensional stability. It holds nails and screws satisfactorily and glues well. The wood finishes well, although care should be taken to avoid blotching when staining. It can be stained to resemble other hardwoods, such as Cherry or Walnut.

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