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Posted on May sound like a silly question

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danr

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#1 posted 10-29-2009 05:09 AM

Doctor,

I have used soft maple for some of my early furniture projects (stained not painted). The lumber guys consider soft maple to be a “paint grade” wood. It is significanly cheaper than hard maple and is not as hard as hard maple (that seems to go without saying but I said it anyway). I would not recommend building furniture that will have any “hard” use over its life with soft maple. I made a child’s dresser from it and after about 10 years it is showing a few dings (agian, I stained / clear coated this item). I have been fairly satisfied with the final “look” of the items I have built with the soft maple but I don’t think I will ever use it again for furniture that I do not paint (and I don’t paint anything I make).

Hope this helps,
DanR


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