Thanks to all who replied to my post yesterday. Looks like the opinion is generally the soft maple will work fine. I am lucky enough to live in a town that has a wood mill where they run all types of base board, casing, etc. out of all kinds of wood species. Most moulding is 10' or longer. When they have 4' and 6' pieces they really cannot use them much and they sell them at a very good price, I buy what they have at the time in whatever species they are running that day. The wood needs to be clear to use for moulding so it is great wood, just short.