Sycamore wood is mostly sapwood, similar to maple, with some darker heartwood streaks in most boards. The sapwood is white to light tan, with a deeper reddish-brown heartwood. Sycamore also contains noticeable ray specks on quartersawn surfaces, giving it a freckled appearance, and it’s frequently referred to as “Lacewood.”

Sycamore is commonly called to in Europe as “American Plane,” even though European Sycamore is just a species of maple (Acer pseudoplatanus). Veneer, plywood, interior trim, pallets/crates, flooring, furniture, particleboard, paper (pulpwood), tool handles, and other turned objects are common uses for this wood.

Sycamore is usually reasonably priced, though it is frequently marketed as quartersawn boards, which can raise the price. Sycamore is prone to insect attack and is classified as non-durable to perishable in terms of decay resistance.

Janka Hardness:

770 lbf

Average Dried Weight:

34 lbs/ft3 (545 kg/m3)


Overall, Sycamore is easy to work with both hand and machine tools, while the interlocked grain can be challenging to deal with when surface and milling. Sycamore is a good turner, gluer, and finisher. Steam bending harms it.