Thursday, February 14, 2013

Soft Maple (Acer Saccharinum)

Status: Secure and widely available.

Other Common Names: Silver Maple

Found in Eastern North America, this member of the Sapindaceae family (Acer) grows to 50-80 feet in height and  2-3 feet in diameter.

Both Sapwood and Heartwood are a creamy white to light reddish with a fine grain.

Moderately Dense, machines well and turns beautifully  Specific Gravity: .44-.56. Avg. Dry Weight: 33 pounds per cubic foot.

Takes a finish easily.

Used to make Cabinetry and furniture.

Ambrosia Maple - Formed when the ambrosia beetle larvae bore into  soft maples and allow fungus colonies to spault the wood.

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