Is this hard or soft maple?

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Forum topic by BigJohn posted 10-06-2015 02:09 PM 730 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2015 02:09 PM

What do you think?

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#1 posted 10-06-2015 02:34 PM

I’d guess soft maple from the coloring. Real junk, not good for anything…I think you should send it to me for proper disposal. (LOL)

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#2 posted 10-06-2015 04:10 PM

Looks liike Box Elder to me…

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#3 posted 10-06-2015 04:13 PM

Does it feel hard or soft?

I kid. I agree with Fred H…the coloring looks soft.

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#4 posted 10-06-2015 04:15 PM

Some good identification info here:

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#5 posted 10-06-2015 04:15 PM

Looks like red flame box elder to me. We’ve had some at the local saw mill here.

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#6 posted 10-07-2015 01:18 AM

I say that it is red maple. You can see the ambrosia beetle holes and the fungal stained streaks typical of ambrosia maple, which is usually found in soft maple.

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#7 posted 10-07-2015 01:24 PM

I’ve got some spalted soft maple that looks just like that. I would expect box elder to have a little more red in it.

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