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Pacific Coast Maple

Acer macrophyllum
Other Name: Big leaf maple

DISTRIBUTION
Principally Pacific Northwest where it is an abundant commercial hardwood. It grows scattered or in small groves and its average height is 60 feet.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Its color is pale pinkish-brown to almost white. Generally there is no marked difference between the sapwood and the heartwood. Its fine grain is similar to birch and cherry with respect to growth-ring contrast. It dries easily with little degrade and has good dimensional stability after drying.

WORKING PROPERTIES
It machines well and is excellent for turning. It nails, screws, and glues well, and can be sanded, stained or painted to a good finish.

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Pacific Coast Maple has medium density, but is slightly harder than eastern soft maple. It has medium-bending strength, shock resistance, and stiffness.

AVAILABILITY
Available as lumber and dimension stock.

MAIN USES
Furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, shutters, moulding, panel stock, turnings, carvings, and kitchen utensils.



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