Paint Grade Soft Maple from TaylorCraft will contain all inherent characteristics of the species but will not have open defects. No attention will be given to color or grain matching and no colors will be removed. Small knots, splits or cracks may be filled. Standard guidelines for minimum panel stave widths and slab drawer sizes which allow glue ups may not be followed. While it can be stained, our paint grade is intended only for painted finishes. Paint Grade Soft Maple may contain narrow staves, sapwood, heartwood, pin knots, mineral streaks and a higher degree of other natural characteristics inherent within this species than our Natural Soft Maple material. General Characteristics of Soft Maple are: generally straight grained with sapwood that is light blond sometimes with a grey cast, with occasional dark brown flecks and heartwood that varies from light to dark reddish brown. Soft Maple is generally around 25% softer than Hard Maple and therefore accepts stain differently.
If you or your customers are not familiar with the species or our grading, we strongly recommend ordering a sample from TaylorCraft before placing your cabinet door order to prevent any misunderstanding.