Maple (also known as White Maple or Hard Maple)
Maple is a strong, dense hardwood. Its color is light brown with a reddish cast, and the grain is usually straight. This is a premium wood. Not all woodworking furniture can be made in maple wood. If you want an item in maple but do not see it as an option, please contact us. Maple Janka hardness rating = 1450.
Brown Maple (also known as Soft Maple)
Brown Maple is often used to imitate cherry wood. With a dark stain you can achieve a cherry look without the added cost. Brown Maple is comprised of a unique combination of brown, tan, white, and cream streaks with a grain pattern that is more irregular than maple. Brown Maple accepts paint well and is our preferred wood for any painted items. As with cherry wood, brown maple can get more indentations than oak. But if it is a hung item, the risk of unwanted marring is minimal. Brown Maple is a better price point than White Maple. Brown Maple Janka hardness rating = 950.
Curly Maple is simply a description of a figure in the grain. It is so called because the ripples in the grain pattern create a three dimensional effect that appears as if the grain has “curled” along the length of the board. Other names for this phenomenon are: tiger maple, fiddleback maple, (in reference to curly maple’s historic use for the backs and sides of violins), or flamed maple. Curly Maple Janka hardness rating = 1450
Rustic Brown Maple
Rustic Brown Maple shares the same attributes as Brown Maple and features a random blend of natural characteristics that occur much more frequently than in Brown Maple. A variety of grain patterns and colors may appear on the same panel, while other panels may not perfectly match. These are natural characteristics of Rustic Brown Maple and are not considered a defect. Because Rustic Brown Maple has the ability to receive dents and marring more readily than other harder woods, this is a perfect choice for the frequently sought after “distressed look”. Rustic Brown Maple Janka hardness rating = 950.
Wormy Maple (also known as Ambrosia Maple)
Wormy Maple is technically not a specific species of Maple, but rather a general description of any type of Maple that has been infested by ambrosia beetles. The beetles bore into the tree, and with it bring fungus that discolors the wood.This unique wood will have many variations in its appearance. Color may range from sapwood to heartwood and may include mineral streaks, discolorations and worm holes throughout the product. Wormy Maple Janka hardness rating = 950