Red Maple

Name Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as soft maple, scarlet maple, swamp maple, and water maple.
Sources Grows throughout eastern North America.
Appearance Straight, close grain with a fine, even texture. Wide, creamy white sapwood and beige or tan-colored heartwood.
Physical Props Moderately heavy, hard, strong, and stiff with low shock resistance and decay resistance, and medium movement in use.
Working Props Softer and weaker than hard maple but easier to work. Steam-bends satisfactorily. Turns, planes, cuts, and otherwise machines well. Gluing is variable. Finishes easily without the need for filling. Not suitable for exterior projects due to low decay resistance.
Uses Used for furniture, interior joinery, kitchen utensils, toys, novelties, turnery, musical instruments, sports goods, crates, pallets, flooring, furniture framing, and core stock. Commonly marketed as soft maple.