Maple is a versatile hardwood with a fine, smooth grain. Maple varies in color from nearly white to a slightly reddish brown. Due to its smooth grain, Maple is generally considered to be the best cabinetry hardwood for painting. Mineral or sugar streaks occur naturally in Maple and can vary from piece to piece. This will cause regions of intense color variation, even within a single piece of Maple. These are natural variations inherent to the species; these variations mean that stained Maple will not produce a single, perfectly uniform color tone. This is considered to be due to the natural variation inherent to wood, and is part of wood’s natural beauty.