Maple is a sought-after hardwood that is harvested from maple trees. The wood’s unique color and grain pattern make it a popular choice for woodworking projects.
Maple wood comes from tall maple trees and is valued for its distinctive grain pattern. Some cuts of maple wood feature a flame-like appearance in their grain, while others may contain small knots that give it a bird’s eye appearance. Certain types of maple wood are even known as ‘fiddleback’ maple because of their use in crafting violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. However, maple wood can be susceptible to shrinkage during changes in humidity. To ensure an even finish, it is important to sand the wood thoroughly before applying stain, paint, or polyurethane. Additionally, using a wood conditioner can help to eliminate blotchy areas and prepare the wood for finishing.