Soft maple grows throughout the central and eastern United States, and trees average a height of 70 to 80 feet. Soft maple makes up 5% of the commercially available hardwoods in the United States. Its sapwood is generally creamy white with some darker colored pith flecks. Its heartwood varies from beige to brownish. Less dense than hard maple, its generally higher priced cousin, it is often used as a substitute.Properties
Soft maple is a straight-grained wood with a fine texture. It has good machining properties, turning and planing quite well. It also has good steam bending properties, and glues, screws and nails satisfactorily. Soft maple accepts stain and finish beautifully.View Properties Comparison Chart » Commercial Uses
Soft maple is used to make furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, musical instruments, turnings and millwork.Other Uses
Soft maple is often used for charcoal.