Maple Soft 8/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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83.3%
Maple Soft 8/4 Lumber
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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).
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hardwood lumber sizes
Soft Maple lumber comes in random widths and lengths, with a uniform thickness.
Here's what you can expect:
1-13/16" Thickness

Also known as 8/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 1-3/4" 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

Okay, so you want a nice wood with a tight grain and closed pores, preferably consistent light color? Soft maple is a little bit different from its cousin, hard maple. The most significantly is that soft maple accepts stains and dyes much better.

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

6
Ratings Snapshot
3.8
out of 5
5 (3)
4 (0)
3 (2)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
83.3%
3.8
out of 5
5 (3)
4 (0)
3 (2)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
83.3%
6 Total Reviews
  • 1
September 26, 2018
5 out of 5
Soft Maple
Review by  Jim from Santa Clarita
I asked for straight grain lumber for table legs and the guys could not have selected better wood. Came well packaged and had no damage. Thank you!
Verified Buyer
Recommended
September 24, 2016
5 out of 5
Moxon vise
Review by  iceflatline from U.S.
Purchased 8 Bd. Ft. of this to make a Moxon vice. Quality of wood exceeded my expectation. Arrived quickly. No warping - nice and straight. Good grain. Vice turned out great.
Recommended
October 30, 2012
3 out of 5
Expensive
Review by  Scott from Phoenix, AZ USA
Their prices are way too expensive compared to other hardwood dealers. I found another local hardwood dealer who charges $3.60/bf for 8/4 soft maple. Even as a rosewood club member or buying more then 100 bf you can save hundreds of dollars buying else were. Their 12/4 cherry and walnut is TWICE as expensive as other dealers. I like Woodworkers Source, but I can't continue to throw money away.
Recommended
September 27, 2012
5 out of 5
butcher block
Review by  Bobby Swinney from Roswell, NM USA
great very good grain pattern
Recommended
June 15, 2012
3 out of 5
Price is high
Review by  Ken B from Surprise, AZ US
I'm a Local guy who has bought 90% of my lumber from WWS. I bought some soft maple recently and when I got the board home I discovered the board was twisted terribly. I ended up cutting it up to use for some smaller items. I partially blame my self for not paying closer attention in the store. The issue I have is this board was milled up already and it was refused by someone else. (maybe the guy who posted the review before me?) They put it back in the rack for some other shlup to pick. I should have paid more attention. Bad on me. So I figured I would try some place else and discovered pricing elsewhere was only 3.70 a BF for 8/4 Soft Maple and that price is normal without having to be part of the rosewood club. Now I feel that I am being taken advantage of. Come on guys.... Your charging 2 dollars a BF more for domestics and to boot your keeping terrible pieces on the racks. I'm not to happy with you at the moment. Sorry guys, between the twisted board and the price difference you'll probably see allot less of me in the store. If your price was more competetive I would return.
Recommended
January 11, 2011
2 out of 5
Looking for Replacement Maple
Review by  David Rittenhouse from Canoga Park, CA USA
The submitted order was for 37 bd ft of soft maple. It included specs (paid extra) for lumber that was "as clear and straight as possible because it will be used for a bench top". Six pieces were received. Five of which I would rate 4/5 stars. The 6th piece has so much twist along its' length as to be unusable. The milled edge (paid extra) is not straight either. In order to complete the project, as planned, I will have to procure a replacement. The piece in question has not been cut and is in "as received" condition. By the way, the second order (53916) I received was excellent. It was for a project pack of popular. All orders I've received in the past from Woodworkers Source have been great. The subject order of maple was the first disappointment. I'm hoping something can be done to make it right. Thanks David Rittenhouse
6 Total Reviews
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