Hard vs. Soft Curly Maple

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Forum topic by mnorusis posted 03-05-2010 06:42 PM 1831 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2010 06:42 PM

Fellow Jocks,

I’m planning a desktop and floating shelves for our home office and light wood has been requested. I think we’ve settled on Curly Maple.

While I’ve read some stuff online about hard vs. soft curly maple, I’d like to hear anyone’s thoughts about the difference.

I’ve only worked with soft curly maple before. When finished, I really like how it shines/shimmers in different light angles. Does hard do that more or less or is it really just dependent on the board itself?

Also, is one easier to finish than the other? (I think I’ve settled on rock hard table top varnish for the desktop piece).

Any other info/advice anyone has is greatly appreciated as always!


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#1 posted 03-05-2010 06:58 PM

Hard Maple is heavier and more dense than Soft Maple which would make the desktop more durable but I’m not sure it would matter with your choice of finish. So it may come down to availability, Curly Hard Maple is a lot more rare than Curly Soft Maple, and probably more expensive. Curly Hard Maple tends to have a tighter Curl pattern and (I think) more of a 3-D effect. Also there would be a color difference between the two depending on it’s reaction to the finish, HM yellow to white, SM white to pink. I know where you could purchase both Curly Hard or Soft if you had a general cut list ;)

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 07:02 PM

The hard sell HAHAHA or soft

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 06:58 PM


Thanks for the info, much appreciated. I’m very lucky to have a local store that carry’s just about anything I need, so I should be all set, but if not I’ll certainly let you know.


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#4 posted 03-08-2010 05:22 PM

I decided to go with hard…project pictures hopefully in the next week or two.

Thanks again

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