Maple Curly Hardwood Sample

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Maple Curly Hardwood Sample

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48 U.S., standard ground

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Maple Curly Hardwood Sample

Get your hands on a wood you've never tried before! It's simple. Samples are milled on all sides to the standard size of 1/2'' X 3'' X 6'', as determined by The International Wood Collectors Society, and include the shipping cost within the 48 U.S. Each one is labeled with the botanical and common names. Use these to test finishes and stains, to compare color and grain characteristics, etc.

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
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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5 Total Reviews
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July 6, 2012
5 out of 5
Great product
Review by  Josh from Savannah, Ga
I've ordered several curly maple samples from this company, and I've been more than satisfied with them all. Curly maple is one of my favorite woods to work with; it works easily while remaining strong, and takes on smooth, breathtaking finish. These samples have a very nice grain and plenty of chatoyance that really makes them 'pop' once finished. What I like the most is that these products come exactly as advertised; nice quality, square samples with grain patterns that really represent the best qualities of these woods.
Recommended
May 25, 2012
5 out of 5
Fiddle back
Review by  Brian A. Stoyko from Hamilton, OH USA
Could not have begged for a BETTER sample of curly or fiddle back if you will and I know you will! It sucks that I am cutting it into 1/8" accent spacer pieces for pistol grip caps for a custom target rifle,thus not being able to enjoy the figure the wood has to offer. On the other a handful of people has seen the wood and mentioned how much they liked it,so if things progress for me we will be doing more business!
Recommended
November 29, 2011
5 out of 5
High quality samples
Review by  JM from St Louis, MO USA
Just what I needed (and what was promised) Thank you
Recommended
September 21, 2011
5 out of 5
Nice piece of wood.
Review by  DMK from ,
I was very happy with the quality of this sample. If not for other pieces of wood in order, I would order from you again.
Recommended
October 29, 2010
5 out of 5
Curly maple sample
Review by  JB from , NY
Excellent quality wood sample.... will definitely use when I start my next project.
Recommended
5 Total Reviews
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