Soft maple

Acer rubrum. The wood of Soft Maple is similar in color, grain pattern and texture to Hard Maple. It is widely used as a substitute to Hard Maple because of its similarity. It is about 25% softer than Hard Maple. The sapwood of Soft Maple can be less extremely white than Hard Maple – the heartwood, somewhat more gray/tan.

Soft Maple lumber is regularly sold in the rough cut form. It can also be surfaced, (S2S), upon request. Soft Maple can also be provided to customers as SLR2E if desired.

Use: Furniture, cabinets, moulding, toys, containers.

Availability: Readily available in thicknesses 4/4 through 8/4, moderate availability 10/4 and heavier.

Soft Maple Hardwood Lumber Pricing: Soft Maple is considered to have a moderate hardwood lumber price point. For a quote email us at

Relative Working Properties:
Machining Resistance to
Splitting in Nailing
Resistance to
Splitting in Screwing
Very Good Fair Good Good
Physical Properties:
Specific Gravity (12% M.C.) Average Shipping Weight kilograms (kg) per cubic metre (m3) Air Dry Average Volumetric Shrinkage (oven dry % of Green) Modulus of Rupture (Kilopascals) Modulus of Elasticity (Megapascals) Side Hardness (Newtons)
0.47 564 12.0 61,000 7,900 3,100


North American Species