Maple Soft 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet of Lumber

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Maple Soft 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet
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hardwood lumber sizes
Soft Maple lumber pack comes with an assortment of widths and lengths.
Here's what you can expect:
13/16" Thickness

Also known as 4/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) to 13/16" actual thickness. May still require you to 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 pack.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range
  • Special hand-selection is avaialble at an additional fee, please contact to inquire
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

48" to 84" Lengths

Lengths will vary within this range.

A 20 board foot Project Pack is a great way to buy some lumber because they're simple and we stand behind them with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. A Project Pack includes a total of 20 board feet of our hand-picked lumber, and you'll get a fantastic assortment of widths (typically between 4'' and 10''), and lengths (between 4' and 8'). Purchase a Project Pack when you need enough wood to make a medium sized project like a coffee table or cabinet. As usual, all the lumber is surfaced on two sides (S2S), and kiln dried.

About Soft 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
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak

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

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.
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.
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

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
lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another
  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 article if you want the full explanation.

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

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7 Total Reviews
January 19, 2018
5 out of 5
Quality project pack
Review by  Nick from California
All the wood had a nice grain pattern. There was some discoloration to one side of one board but nothing I couldn't work around. Met my expectations.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
December 28, 2016
5 out of 5
Excellent quality
Review by  TimM from Northest PA
The boards were very flat and smooth, with the one-edge ripping perfectly clean and straight. They were surprisingly clear, with very little waste from knots or bad grain. The assortment of widths was also good, with two pieces 8" wide. My only trivial complaint is that apparently the one-edge ripping cost a lot of material, as the 20 bf project packs came in at about 18 bf. No big deal, as the waste was much smaller than I expected, almost none, so I got my money's worth.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
August 10, 2012
4 out of 5
Almost Perfect
Review by  BR from Exeter, PA USA
Overall this was very good quality wood well packed. No warps or major defects, however some edges were very rough and angled and one piece did have a small knot hole that I had to work around. This was not a problem for my project however. I will order again for my next project that requires 4/4 soft maple.
Recommended
March 27, 2012
3 out of 5
Not so good order
Review by  Bill Brown from Corpus Christi, Texas USA
I've made multiple orders with Woodworkerssource, and have been mostly pleased with what was delivered. I came to depend upon good, quality wood at workable lengths and widths. Often what was deliverd was 8' booards. Twice, I received 7' lengths. With my most recent order, the longest board was 6' and one was less than 3'. I like the wood, but can't depend on what lengths I get. I build cabinets and shelves with the lumber and require sometimes the boards to be 8', with a minimum of 7'. I feel like I got the cutoffs from someone elses order. Although I got 20 bdft, not happy with the lengths. How can I ensure I get the lengths I want if I order in the future?
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Woodworkers Source Responds

We're not too rigid, Bill. If the advertised lengths aren't satisfactory, then just give us a call or an email and tell us what you need. We can generally accommodate anything as long as we know what you need. For the record, we advertise these Project Packs to have lumber of any length between 4' and 8'. As we all know, lumber grows on trees and sometimes we have to cut longer boards to get rid of defects and/or to make a package a suitable length for shipping. In the end, if you let us know what you need, we're happy to see if the lumber we have on hand will do the job or not and work it out for you.
Recommended
January 11, 2012
5 out of 5
Soft maple 20bf 4/4
Review by  JH from las vegas , nv usa
Beautiful!
Recommended
August 12, 2010
5 out of 5
soft maple
Review by  larry Chase from punta gorda, fl
Great purchase as always!!!!!
Recommended
7 Total Reviews
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