Species

Rock Maple (Acer saccharinum)
 
THE TREE
Natural RangeThe northern tier of the U.S. (Minnesota to the East Coast) and southern and central Canada (Manitoba to the East Coast).
StatureGrows to a height of 120 feet and a diameter of 3 feet.
THE WOOD
AppearanceThe sapwood is white with a red-to-brown cast. The heartwood ranges from a light reddish-brown to a dark, chocolate brown. The grain is usually not pronounced. But some material, called birdseye, has unusual figuring in its grain that makes it appear to be three-dimensional.
Weight33 lbs/ft3 @ 12% moisture content
Hardness700 lbf (kiln-dried)
WorkabilityHolds nails well, turns well, stains and polishes well, but is only somewhat well-suited to gluing.
DurabilityModerately resistant to dinging and marring; not resistant to decay.
Data: Alden, Harry A., Hardwoods of North America (Madison, WI: U.S.D.A. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory), 1995.

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