creamy white when fresh felled with a natural lustre on quartered surfaces. Tends to weather and matured into light tan colour. The grain is generally straight but often curly or wavy grain is present. Fine textured.
The timber has medium bending and crushing with low stiffness and resistance to shock loads. It is a good steam bending material.
Dries slowly without undue degrade, but is inclined to stain if the original white colour is to be preserved it need to be kiln dried fairly rapidly and carefully. There is small movement in service.
It is easy to work with both hand and machine tools but with a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges. The cutting angle should be reduced to 15 degree for planing curly or wavy grained stock. Nailing may need pre-boring; the wood glues and stains well and can be brought to an excellent finish.
The heart wood in non-durable. The sapwood is subjected to attack by common furniture beetle and is permeable for preservation treatment. The heartwood is resistant.
Maple is an excellent turnery wood. Also for brushbacks, domestic Woodward, furniture and joinery work. Selected stocks are slices for highly decorative veneers for panelling. Maple is also treated chemically to produce hare wood with an attractive silver grey colour and in which the veins appear tan coloured.