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Birdseye Maple Wood Sample


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sample of birdseye maple wood grain
A close-up photograph of a birdseye-maple wood veneer plank focuses on this wood's unique textured effect.  Birdseye-maple can be recognized by its grain, which is distinctly different from the grains of other woods.  Run your hands over the wood, and feel its smoothness.

There are two types of maple wood used by woodworkers.

Hard maple, also known as sweet, rock, and black maple, has been used since the colonial days for furniture. Because of its durability, maple furniture is often found in antique shops today. However, maple is so hard that it can be difficult to work with and requires sharp, well-tuned tools. Maple takes stain well, particularly aniline dye stains.

Soft maple is much easier to saw, plane, drill, and shape than hard maple. Soft maple has similar properties to cherry, but it is more widely available, making it an economical choice for those looking to build attractive furniture.

Both hard and soft maple are susceptible to decay, so they are best used for interior projects such as furniture, cabinets, and millwork. Maple's lighter color takes well to a variety of stains.

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