I just did a google search, try it sometime, you'll like it.
Anyway, just to be nice, here's what I found.
There are an estimated 200 species of maple trees, all in the family
Here are the North American species:
Acer x freemanii
Rocky Mountain maple
southern sugar maple
Of these, I've only used sugar maple, also known as hard maple or rock
maple. It is a great wood to work with, very dense and stable and is used
widely in furniture and many other things. I have also seen reference made
(but never used myself) soft maple.
Probably of more interest is the FIGURE you can get with maple. Birdseye
maple, quilted maple, fiddleback maple, etc. are very common and you can get
some amazing looking wood.
So, depending on what you are planning to use the maple for (i.e. a
workbench top would likely be made with hard maple, but a veneer for a table
might be birdseye or quilted), you will have many options.
There are no stupid questions.
There are a LOT of inquisitive idiots.
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