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Birdseye Maple Flooring

birds eye maple flooring in kitchen

Our Bird's Eye Maple Wood Flooring Really Brightens up this Kitchen

Hardwood flooring is not hard to come by theses days.  However you do not want just any hardwood in your home.  Choose something that fits you and your lifestyle.  Tempt others into your home with the outstanding glamor of your floor.  Mysterious beauty is so captivating that it is no wonder that those who long for this have lusted over Birdseye Maple hardwood flooring for their space.

Multiple theories have been developed as to why the “birds’ eye” forms in the maple, but none have been scientifically confirmed.  This makes this flooring type rare and sought after by many.  Wouldn’t it be stunning to have something that has been auctioned off for thousands of dollars right beneath your feet?  Artists, craftsmen, and woodworkers use Birdseye Maple for pool cues, exquisite jewelry boxes, musical instruments, and furniture.  Installing this hardwood in your space will not be a mistake.

Something as perfect as Birdseye Maple must be hard to maintain and be fragile, right?  Wrong!  This wood is ideal for high traffic areas because of its strength.  It is extremely durable and resistant to wear and tear, denting, scratching and splintering.  Compared to other floor choices on the market, Birdseye Maple is not a hub for pestering allergens and is quite simple to maintain.  It can be costly, but it will be an investment that will increase the value of your home across the board.

Of course when looking at floor choices you will come across options other than hardwood.  A versatile “look a like” you may see is linoleum.  Linoleum comes in a variety of colors, is relatively inexpensive to buy, and requires little maintenance.  So if you can get something that looks similar to wood at a cheaper value, why wouldn’t you?  You do not want to forgo a luxurious look for one that has been considered tacky.  Linoleum has been found to have a yellowish discoloration after cleaning and emits an odor similar to a fresh coat of paint.  Make sure you take a close look at anything you are considering; you do not want to overlook important features.

Flooring in any space will be a lifetime investment.  By looking at all  your choices and divulging deeper into their positive and negative qualities, you will be able to find the best fit for you.  Enjoy the intriguing look of Birdseye Maple in your home.  Beauty and mystery, you can have it all with this hardwood in your space.

Hardwood 101 – Hard Maple Lumber

Hard Maple Lumber

Hard Maple is a tried and true hardwood of choice for many woodworkers.

Hard maple sapwood is nearly white and its heartwood is a uniform, delicate, very light reddish-brown or very light tan. It has a fine, even texture. It is very strong and hard, with close straight grains. Hard maple can sometimes be wavy or curly, which produces special figures such as ‘Bird’s Eye Maple’ and ‘Curly Hard Maple.’ The figuring in Bird’s Eye has brownish dots on a whitish background.

With a Janka hardness of 1450, hard maple is ranked as one of the more valuable hardwoods because of its strength and stiffness. It has great wood working properties and is used for a variety of different projects. Hard maple has good crushing strength and bending properties, and very good steam bending qualities. It has above average fire resistance and glue adheres satisfactorily. It takes stain well and gives an excellent result with paint or enamel, and finishes smoothly.

Hard maple is well suited for furniture, interior trim, turnery, paneling, cabinetry, veneer, tool handles, woodenware, musical instruments, and bowling pins. It is popularly used for heavy duty flooring, and is used for dance floors, bowling alleys, and skating rinks. Figured grain hard maple is used for decorative cabinetry.

Check out how important hard maple wood has been in the sports industry. It was used in 1891 for the very first basketball court and is still used today for sports flooring!

When it comes to a great domestic wood, maple has the qualities you look for in lumber, including the range of figuring present in the different species. Go to our website for additional information on Hard Maple and Curly Hard Maple wood. There you can also find Hard Maple, Curly Hard Maple, and Bird’s Eye Maple lumber. We also offer Maple thinwood and Bird’s Eye Maple thinwood.

Hardwood 101 – Soft Maple Lumber

Curly maple lumber

A closeup of Curly Maple in both finished and unfinished forms

Soft maple has creamy white sapwood, and light beige or tannish-brown heartwood, sometimes with a grayish-green hue. Soft maple is a fine textured, diffuse-porous wood, and its grain is normally straight and close, but it can be wavy or curly. The different grain pattern generates special figures like, ‘Curly Soft Maple’ (shown above) and ‘Ambrosia Maple.’  The figuring of Ambrosia Maple has a distinctive wormy pattern.

With a Janka hardness of 950, soft maple is actually 25% softer than hard maple. The wood of soft maple resembles that of hard maple, but it is not nearly as heavy, hard, or strong. However, the better grades of soft maple are used as a substitute for hard maple in some projects. This is because soft maple has good steam bending, and medium crushing and bending strengths. It works well with hand and machine tools, and nails, screws, planes, and bores satisfactorily. It is reliably stable, which also makes it easy to work with. It can be stained and polished to an excellent glass smooth finish.

Soft maple is used for turnery, cabinetry, furniture framing, domestic flooring, internal joinery, kitchen utensils, veneer, plywood, crates, toys, and musical instruments.

Take a look at how soft maple was even used during the Civil War in 1864. This interesting relic of the war was made by George M. Colt , and will forever be known as the Civil War fiddle.

When it comes to a great domestic wood, maple has the qualities you look for in lumber, including the range of figuring present in the different species. Go to our website for additional information on Soft Maple, Curly Soft Maple, and Ambrosia Maple wood. There you can also find Soft Maple, Curly Soft Maple, and Ambrosia Maple lumber. We also offer Maple thinwood.