Soft Maple // Acer rubrum

Soft Maple lumber wood, Acer rubrum lumber for woodworking
"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"
color of Soft Maple
Color Range
Cream white to reddish brown.
other names for Soft Maple
Other Names
Carolina red maple, Drummond red maple, Maple, Red maple, Scarlet maple, Soft maple, Swamp maple, Water maple
uses for Soft Maple
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, a good general purpose hardwood
the Soft 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.
Soft Maple grows in North America
map of where Soft Maple grows


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


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


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

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak