This is the second in our series of occasional posts on the various species of wood that are used in the manufacture of cabinetry.
Maple is a medium to hard close grained wood with a straight, wavy or curly grain. In its natural state it is off- white in color. It may also have light brown and pink hues. Occasionally there will be some mineral veining that will darken staining.
Maple is popular for its durability and shock resistance. It generally has a light, uniform appearance that produces a smooth, clean look when stained. Another benefit is that it can also be finished to resemble other, more expensive hardwoods and softwoods such as cherry and cedar. Maple is a great choice for a light, airy kitchen or a dramatic kitchen with darker finishes.