LiveEdge Big Leaf Maple
Species: Big Leaf Maple
Width (Bottom): 15"
Width (Middle): 20"
Width (Top): 23"
Board Foot: 11.98 BDFT
Weight Estimate: 50 Pounds
-Slab Ships From: Battle Ground, Washington
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Common Name(s): Bigleaf maple, Oregon maple
Scientific Name: Acer macrophyllum
Distribution: Found in coastal regions of Pacific North America
Tree Size: Grows to a height of 80-100 feet (25-30 meters) with a trunk diameter of 2-3 feet (.6-1.0 meters)
Average Dried Weight: Approximately 34.0 pounds per cubic foot (545 kilograms per cubic meter)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% Moisture Content): Ranges from .44 to .55
Janka Hardness: Measures 850 pounds of force (3,780 Newtons)
Modulus of Rupture: Exhibits 10,700 pounds per square inch (73.8 Megapascals)
Elastic Modulus: Approximately 1,450,000 pounds per square inch (10.00 Gigapascals)
Crushing Strength: Stands at 5,950 pounds per square inch (41.0 Megapascals)
Shrinkage: Radial: 3.7%, Tangential: 7.1%, Volumetric: 11.6%, T/R Ratio: 1.9
Color/Appearance: The sapwood of maple is predominantly used, ranging from nearly white to an off-white cream color, sometimes with hints of reddish or golden hues. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish-brown. Bigleaf maple is noted for occasional quilted grain patterns.
Grain/Texture: Generally straight grain, with occasional waviness. Fine, even texture.
Rot Resistance: The sapwood of maple is used, making it non-durable to perishable in terms of decay resistance.
Workability: Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, although it can burn when machined at high speeds. It responds well to turning, gluing, and finishing. Staining may require pre-conditioning, gel stain, or toner for even coloring.
Odor: No distinctive odor.
Allergies/Toxicity: Like other maples in the Acer genus, Bigleaf maple can cause skin irritation, runny nose, and respiratory issues in some individuals. Refer to Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety articles for more information.
Pricing/Availability: Generally moderately priced, but figured pieces with curly or quilted grain patterns may command higher prices.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: Commonly used for veneer, paper (pulpwood), boxes, crates/pallets, musical instruments, turned objects, and various small specialty wood items.
Additional Comments: Bigleaf maple gets its name from having the largest leaves of any maple species, measuring 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm) across. It is a commercially important hardwood timber in the western United States and is considered a soft maple, offering a lighter, softer, and weaker wood compared to hard maple.
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