|Forum topic by MaryandMike||posted 04-01-2012 01:45 PM||7872 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
04-01-2012 01:45 PM
We would like some comments about hard maple versus brown maple for a kitchen table. We have been told that hard maple is about twice as hard as brown maple, but that it is best for floors and butcher blocks and not for kitchen tables. We like the wood grain of brown maple and we like the hardness of hard maple. We are concerned that the brown maple table will scratch up too easily, but then again we can always get it refinished. We have four boys and 2 daughters and they like to do homework on it. The table will get good use.
1. Will the brown maple, despite not being as hard as hard maple, be durable?
2. We think the brown maple table will stain better and give a better wood look than dark maple. Is that assumption correct?
3. We have cherry cabinets and oak floors. Mike likes the maple because he likes the look of different kinds of wood. He talked me out of a cherry and oak table. Is three kinds of wood too much or is it just a matter of preference?
We are design challenged and will appreciate some expert advice – thank you