Hard Maple: Quarter/Rift Sawn Lumber

Quartersawn Hard Maple is used primarily in the music industry to make fretboards, guitar necks, etc., where stability and tone are desired. It is also used in woodworking applications when a good straight grain is needed. Quartersawn Hard Maple does not show much fleck.

Quarter/Rift Sawn Hard Maple


Origin of Wood TypeThe U.S. and Canada
Botanical NameAcer Saccharum
Specific Gravity.71
Avg. Weight Per BF4.2 lbs
Color RangeSapwood white, Heartwood brown to grey
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width5 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor25%
Wood UsesWoodworking, Cabinetry, Trim, Flooring, and Musical Instruments
Lumber GradesFAS through 2 common
Other Trade Names Rock Maple, Hard Rock Maple, Sugar Maple