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Maple, Big Leaf Quilted

Quilted Maple is so named for its resemblance to patchwork patterns seen on fabric quilts. Much like Birdseye Maple, the figure on Quilted Maple becomes most pronounced when the board has been flatsawn.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Pacific North America

Scientific Name

Acer macrophyllum

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.44

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.55

Janka Hardness

850

Colour/Appearance

Quilted patterned sapwood colour ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream colour, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown.

Grain/Texture

Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture.

Rot Resistance

Rated as non-durable to perishable in regard to decay resistance.

Workability

Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though maple has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even colour.

Odor

No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity

Bigleaf Maple, along with other maples in the Acer genus have been reported to cause skin irritation, runny nose, and asthma-like respiratory effects.

Pricing/Availability

Quilted Maple is often sold for high prices, often for use as guitar tops and sold in billet form.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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