Maple Curly 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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4.7
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1 (0)
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96%
Maple Curly 4/4 Lumber

$9.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $9.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $7.49 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details

The actual footage you receive will be slightly different from what you order, therefore your final billed amount will be a little different. This is because we hand select your lumber from inventory of various widths and lengths - every board is unique and different in size (except thickness).
Read this for more info

Board Foot Cheat Sheet
Learn How To Estimate Lumber Needs
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Learn about woodworking with Curly Maple

hardwood lumber sizes
Curly Maple lumber comes in random widths and lengths, with a uniform thickness.
Here's what you can expect:
13/16" Thickness

Also known as 4/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project

Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

4" to 10" Widths

This is the range of widths that are usually available in this wood.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range.
  • Request special width selection using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form.
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

6' to 14' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock at any given time. But there are some things to know:

No Minimum Purchase
We're easy to buy from! That means we can cut you a short piece(s) from long boards if you want.

Length Shipping Restrictions

Curls appearing across the board are the result of contortions in the grain that reflect light differently

About Curly Maple (Acer rubrum)

Weight

2.63

lbs /Bd. Ft.
-26.54% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

950

Janka Rating
-26.36% softer than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.54

Specific Gravity
-15.62% less dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Somewhat Difficult 7/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

map of where Curly Maple tree grows
Curly Maple is a domestic wood from North America

Same species as Soft Maple. Resembles Hard Maple being closed-grained but much softer. Easily worked. Turns and planes well. Does not require fillers to achieve a glass smooth finish. Accepts finish and paint well Curls appearing across the board are the result of contortions in the grain that reflect light at different angles.

color of Curly Maple
Color Range
Cream white to reddish brown.
the Curly Maple tree
What's The Tree Like?
A popular, fast growing decorative tree. Matures to about 60-90 feet in height and 30" in diameter.
other names for Curly Maple
Other Names
Carolina red maple, flame maple, fiddleback maple; see also Soft Maple
uses for Curly Maple
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, accessories, interior millwork, high-end work

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

25
Ratings Snapshot
4.7
out of 5
5 (19)
4 (5)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
96%
4.7
out of 5
5 (19)
4 (5)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
96%
25 Total Reviews
July 14, 2019
3 out of 5
curly maple
Review by  Chaz from Missouri
Maybe I was expecting too much. Wood was usable, just not as dramatic as what i was hoping for. A couple unfortunately placed knots did not help.
Verified Buyer
February 23, 2019
5 out of 5
curly maple
Review by  Chas from Missouri
product is beautiful. asked for specific size, you guys nailed it exactly. customer was very pleased with the table, will send pictures . You are definitely my go to source for my lumber needs. And we have 3 hardwood stores here in town.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
February 7, 2019
5 out of 5
Online Ordered
Review by  Joe from OR
The order came in the time frame promised, and the wood exceeded my expectations. I live in a place where the closest hardwood lumber dealer is hours away, so having the ability to order online from the guys I used to buy from when I lived in Arizona is beyond ideal.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
January 24, 2019
5 out of 5
Excellent service
Review by  Anonymous 
Needed a short piece of curly maple. It arrived quickly with dimensions larger than I asked for. Nice piece. Exactly what I asked for.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
January 24, 2019
5 out of 5
Excellent service
Review by  Anonymous 
Needed a short piece of curly maple. It arrived quickly with dimensions larger than I asked for. Nice piece. Exactly what I asked for.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
November 23, 2018
5 out of 5
Curly Maple
Review by  Taylor from Monroe, LA
Great board received. Couldn't have picked a better one out myself. Will definitely order from again. Gave me plenty of workable wood for the dimensions I ordered.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
25 Total Reviews
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