What is a Maple

Maple is one of the most commonly used hardwoods in cabinets, furniture and other constructions.. Maple wood comes from a variety of maple tree species. Maple trees are known to grow very tall. Due to its highly sought after grain patterns, maple is one of the most beloved wood species for furniture. When maple wood has small knots, the style is referred to as bird's eye maple. Most maple grains have a flame-like appearance to the pattern that many people love. In cabinetry and furniture making, one drawback of maple is its vulnerability to shrinkage from humidity fluctuations. Maple also requires thorough sanding before stains or paints are applied to help a smooth and even finish. Wood conditioners are also used with maple wood to help prevent blotches after the finish is applied.