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All You Need to Know About Finishing Hard Maple

One of the most well-known domestic hardwoods is hard maple. People are familiar with hard maple for a variety of reasons, including discovering maple leaves on forest walks, playing with its “helicopter”- like seeds, maple syrup, and of course, hard maple timber.

Hard Maple in the Forest

The hard maple is a deciduous hardwood with broad leaves that fall in the fall season. Hardwood trees include all deciduous trees.

Hard maple is predominantly found in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Its trees generally reach a height of 80-115 feet.

Hard maple possesses a false heartwood, which is a feature that maple and birch species share. The heartwood of a tree is a bacterial growth that forms in the center or around the tree’s wounds. This is why “heartwood” streaks can be found around maple syrup tap holes. If there are enough tiny incisions in a specific area, this might result in some very unusual timber.

Finishing Maple

Maple, like other hardwoods such as cherry, may be difficult to finish, especially when staining. Use a pre-stain conditioner when applying a stain to help to level out any “blotchy” spots that may occur. However, this will not entirely address the problem.

Wood stains tend to fill pores, gaps, and fissures. When the extra stain is washed away, it will be cleaned away if the stain cannot find a pore to fill.

Benefits of Hardwood Finishing

  1. It’s simple to maintain. It conceals minor flaws and keeps your floors appearing fresh and attractive (even if you didn’t have time to sweep today).
  2.   It’s a breeze to protect. The finish emphasizes the beauty of your flooring while minimizing the appearance of minor scratches. We think this is a fantastic combination of elegance and practicality!
  3. It’s easy to clean. Simply sweep and dry mop regularly, and apply light wood cleaning as needed.

Tips to Finishing Hard Maple:

All types of maple accept finishes well. Do not overdo sanding after assembly. Be mindful of using grits that are finer than 220 as this can burnish the wood and make it difficult to stain. Maple will darken over time and develop a color that is close to maple syrup. 

If you want to maintain the light color of the maple, then coat it with a clear (ideally water-based) finish. To lift the grain, be sure to damp-sponge the wood. You can then sand between coats and before applying the coat.

If you want maple to take on an aged, vintage look, you can dye it with a varnish or oil mix. First sand it to a 220 grit (no finer), wipe off the dust particles, and damp-sponge the wood. Apply a dye stain of your liking and allow it to dry fully. You can now sand it with a finer grit (either 320 or 440), remove the dust again and apply the varnish or oil blend and wipe off the excess. Once this coat dries as well, you can now give it a final application of a brown stain (varnish-based) and allow it to dry. Now finish off with an oil-based topcoat for that superior look and elegance.

Why Tropical Forest Products Should be Your Choice for Sourcing Hard Maple

Tropical Forest Products believes in the ethical sourcing of timber and Hard Maple. North America, South America, Africa, and Asia are all sources for our lumber. We can get almost any sort of wood from anywhere on the planet. Please contact us if you have any questions about our products at (647) 494-8142 and we’d be happy to help.