Sycamore » Platanus occidentalis
Sycamore Wood CharacteristicsSomewhat durable and simlar in weight to mahogany. The wood is a consistent pale color and the quarter sawn surfaces exhibit an attractive mottled figure. It's fine and even textured, and quite easy on your cutters and blades. However, the wood needs extra care when planing or routing due to keep the figure from tearing out.
Color RangePale tan with some darker brown areas.
Other NamesAmerican plain, American planetree, American sycamore, Buttonball tree, Buttonwood, Planetree, Sycamore
Some Typical UsesBoxes, bedroom funriture, Cigar boxes, Cooperages, Decorative veneer, Paneling , Baskets, Casks, Dressed boards, Figured veneer, Interior construction, custom furniture
What's the Tree Like?The tree often develops a large bole over a swollen base, with a trunk diameter of about 24 to 48 inches (60 to 120 cm). It usually grows to a height of about 60 to 100 feet (18 to 30 m), and boles are often straight and well formed. The bark is two or more inches thick in older trees, and its conspicuous white color, spattered with different shades of green and brown gives the tree the name of Ghost tree. The Sycamore tree grows in North America
2.83lbs /Bd. Ft.
770Janka Rating (?)
0.49Specific Gravity (?)
Woodworking with Sycamore:
Ease of Finishing