You got a lot of good information in the replies to date, but one thing
not mentioned is that soft maple can have a slight grey tinge to it
when compared side by side with true hard maple. Don't get me wrong,
both are nice and you can make really nice pieces from soft maple. For
example, the "stock" kitchen cabinets in my house were made from soft
maple, and they look and perform just fine, but when I duplicated the
design for cabinets my laundry room in hard maple, the crisp whiteness
of the hard maple in direct comparison is apparent, and frankly I
prefer the crispy white.
While we're on the topic, it's worth noting that (a) lots of hard maple does
*not* have that crispy white color, and (b) the wood that does have it carries
a premium price because of it.
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I guess I got a deal on my hard maple then, paid $3.20 or so a bd/ft
and it is undoubtedly crispy white. I must admit I picked through
about 1500 board feet to get my 600 bd ft. But the color was pretty
consistent as I was checking with a block plane during the picking, I
guess it depends on where its grown - this stuff was from central
Pennsylvania around Williamsport. The soft was about $2.35.
Hard maple is much more common in some locations because soft goes for
hardwood pulp. Pulp goes by the pound, and soft maple, because it runs to
larger darker heartwood than hard, and is heavier than aspen or conifers, is
a better pulp load but worse sawlog.
let me say this YOU SUCK!
soft maple costs me $5.15 and thats at the cheepest place in town. your
getting soft maple at the same price I get poplur, the only thing I can get
cheaper is fir/pine and that's not much cheaper
so a BIG YOU SUCK to all easterners, with your cheep hard wood. and no the
Apolations are not real mountains so there! >:|
On Wed, 15 Dec 2004 12:25:27 -0700, Richard Clements
Three years ago I had the chance to take a church in Ohio, right in
the middle of hardwood forests. Thought about it seriously just
because it was closer to lots of good wood. Ended up in Central
Oregon. There is a reason this is called "high desert". Sagebrush and
But the mountains *are* nice.
I just finished writing an article about a vacation home in Amherst County, VA.
Up a mountainside. It is steep enough that the road (dirt and winding) was
kicking my S10's rear end out on the switchbacks. I'd liked to have been up
there in the fall. Gorgeous area. Two pileated woodpeckers nearby as I drove
back down. And, the real reward, I could still BREATHE when I got near the top!
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." Sir Winston
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