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  HARDWOOD EUROPE:
MAPLE
 
NAMES: Maple
BOTANICAL NAME:   Acer pseudoplatanus
ORIGIN AND SPREAD: Europe; northern Spain to Ireland; in USSR only in West Caucasus
MACROSCOPIC CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES: Yellowish-white to white; when fresh a slight reddish touch, silky shiny ; simple; border of annual rings has poor identification;
MICROSCOPIC CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES: Pores dispersed, vessels simple, compound and radial, ---parenchyma, apotracheal dispersed, Woodrays homogene , the size of the woodrays is of great importance to the different kinds.

IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES:

  Dry density (grams/cbm) 0,48 0,59 0,75
Volume shrinking 11 11,8
Pressure strength (Newton/qm) 29 49 72
Bending strength (Newton/qm) 50 95 140
Tensile strength (Newton/qm) approx. 82
E-Module 6 400 9 400 15 200

PROCESS AND USE:

Good to slice and to peal as well as to turn and to carve; tends to tear and warp, surface treatment unproblematic.

Veneer mostly sliced; Special wood for music instruments (especially for string instruments); for panelling and parquet, handles, turning and carving, for furniture
SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS: Steaming is to prevent, the risk to cause spots is too high; approx. 65 Acer kinds, only in Europe known