Soft maple vs hard maple

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Forum topic by Brett posted 05-15-2012 10:22 PM 1843 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2012 10:22 PM

I bought a 10/4 board of soft maple recently with the intent of using it to make a leg vise for my Roubo-style workbench.

Here’s a picture of a leg vise:

I know that hard maple might have been preferable, but I’m wondering if anyone has had bad experiences using soft maple to make jigs for use around the shop. Any comments? Any reason not to use soft maple in a leg vise?

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 10:25 PM

I have never had a problem,some of my jigs are made from pine, the only thing really softer than that would be Balsa, LOL

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 02:05 AM

Soft maple has about the same density as walnut, and is denser than cherry, so it is not really “soft”, just softer than hard maple which as a density about the same as oak.

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 11:55 AM

Soft maple is still pretty tough stuff. Should work out fine.

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