Hard Maple

Quartersawn Maple Lumber

Quartersawn hard maple has shorter rays that can be almost microscopic in dimension. There is no separation in hard maple between quartered and rift sawn due to the fact that maple doesn’t exhibit bold medullary ray. This species, like cherry and walnut, is produced only a few times per year.

Hard Maple Flooring & Lumber Specifications

One of the most important things to remember with quartersawn hardwood flooring and lumber specifications is that there are limitations to the width of the boards that you can specify. Because the log is quartered before boards are cut from it, quartered boards are narrower, given the same size tree.

The following are basic guidelines to follow when specifying quartersawn hard maple:

  • The sapwood in our hard maple is of a creamy hue, rather than the milky white found farther north.
  • Quartersawn hard maple is narrower than white and red oak because the logs are smaller.
  • For those interested in all sap cuttings, the sap quotient in each quartered board’s width is usually between 3½ in. and 4 in., with heartwood along one edge.
  • Quartersawn and rift sawn hard maple is used in flooring, cabinetry, millwork or craftsman furniture where fine figure hardwood is desired, along with narrower widths.
  • Supply in Select and Better is usually limited, yet good quantities generally exist in #1 Com and #2 Com, as well as 6–7 ft. The 6–7 ft Select and Better lumber is perfect for shorter, clear cuttings. Quartersawn hard maple is distinguished by its straight grain appearance. Lengths are typically between 4 ft and 12 ft (depending on grade), and widths are between 4 in. and 6 in. on average.
  • While all logs have medullary ray as part of their biology, the medullary ray in hard maple is not as pronounced as in the oaks.

If you have questions, contact one of our expert sales consultants.