Also called American Plane. Found throughout the eastern United States.
The sapwood of sycamore is white to light yellow, while the heartwood is light to dark brown. The wood has a fine close texture with interlocked grain. Contrasts well with other species. The wood of Sycamore trees is predominantly comprised of the sapwood. Sycamore has a fine and even texture that is very similar to maple. The grain is interlocked.
The wood machines well, but high speed cutters are needed to prevent chipping. It is resistant to splitting due to the interlocked grain. The wood glues well and stains, with care, to an excellent finish. It dries fairly rapidly, with a tendency to warp. It has moderate shrinkage and little movement in performance. It is classified as moderate in weight, hardness, stiffness and shock resistance. Sycamore turns, glues, and finishes well. Responds poorly to steam bending.
Veneer, plywood, interior trim, pallets/crates, flooring, furniture, particleboard, paper (pulpwood), tool handles, and other turned objects.
All of our Sycamore it quartersawn.
Thicknesses: 4/4" and 8/4"
Widths: 6" through 14"
Lengths: Mostly 8'
Surfacing: Skip planed
The American Hardwood Information Center
The Wood Database