Generally straight-grained but often with wavy or curly grain and very intricate, filigree-like drawings. The European maple wood has a lighter color than its American cousin and lacks the latter's yellowish tones. It possesses an innate shining and makes a fabulous presence when stained with a shade light enough not to hide the wood’s original drawing. The pieces derived from radial cut exhibit distinct shimmer (or chatoyance). Highly versatile, it blends well with a great diversity of hardwood flooring and cabinet kitchen types
It is slightly softer than the sugar maple but with a greater shock and decay resistance. In this regard, it closely resembles the western maple. It has excellent dimensional stability and does not impart taste or odor to the food it comes in contact with..
Works and machines very well but is predisposed to burn marks. Sands and polishes to a very smooth surface. Takes very well the finishing and is a reasonably stable wood.