Hard Maple is more difficult to work with than other hardwoods. The hardness does aid to its exemplary finished product quality. It is tough on tools, causing dulling on all cutting, drilling and routing tools. Pre-drilling is a requirement for nailing and screwing. Care must be taken during sanding and finishing, burn marks and other variations stand out more clearly than on other woods. It is good for planning sanding, cutting, drilling, machining, gluing and finishing.
Furniture, flooring, cabinets, veneer, musical instruments, woodenware and interior joinery: stairs, handrails, mouldings, doors and decorative woodwork. Other uses include pool cues, skateboards, bowling pins, firewood, pulp, canoe paddles and toys. Surfaces in gymnasiums, bowling alleys and dance floors are often made of Maple.