Beautiful and strong maple wood:
Maple is a creamy, light-colored wood, that can sometimes have a light reddish-brown color in its heartstock. The heartstock is often found to have black mineral lines and darker gray streaks. It is one of the hardest of the wood species. People often choose it for pieces that get heavy use, such as dressers and kitchen cabinets.
Maple has a lot of characteristics that make it a great choice for many of your wood projects. It is known for being very durable. It can take a real beating and still look great for years. It is often stained to look like more expensive woods, such as cherry or mahogany. Maple is a more affordable option.
One of the difficulties of using maple wood is that if it is not sealed first, the staining can have a blotchy appearance. A clear finish looks best on maple wood, and really enhances the natural beauty of maple. Staining maple can be difficult, as it doesn’t take the stain evenly.
Hard maple is heavy, hard, strong, and close grained, with a uniform texture. It is very resistant to abrasion, indentation and shock.
Maple is popular for use in furniture, cabinets, woodwork, flooring, veneers, cutting surfaces, utensils, bowls, and countertops. Maple is also used as a tonewood, and it makes beautiful guitars with a classic tone.