English Sycamore, scientifically known as Acer pseudoplatanus, is a hardwood tree native to Europe. It is highly regarded for its light color, fine grain, and workability.
Appearance and Characteristics
English Sycamore wood is typically light in color, ranging from creamy white to pale yellow with a hint of pink. It has a fine and uniform grain pattern and a medium texture. The wood is moderately heavy, typically weighing around 3.2 to 3.9 pounds per board foot (727 to 885 kilograms per cubic meter).
English Sycamore is highly prized by woodworkers for its workability. It is easy to machine, cut, shape, and sand. The wood finishes well and takes stains and finishes evenly, allowing for various finishing options. Its workability and fine texture make it an excellent choice for detailed woodworking projects.
Uses in Woodworking
English Sycamore wood is used in various woodworking applications, including:
Fine Furniture: It is a popular choice for crafting fine furniture, including cabinets, tables, and chairs. Its light color and fine grain add an elegant and timeless quality to furniture designs.
Cabinetry: English Sycamore is often used in cabinetry, where its uniform appearance and workability make it a preferred choice, especially for kitchen cabinets.
Musical Instruments: Some musical instrument makers use English Sycamore in the construction of stringed instruments, including violins and cellos, due to its tonal qualities.
Veneer: The wood is sliced into veneer and used in the production of high-quality veneered furniture and decorative surfaces.
Turned Items: English Sycamore is favored for woodturning, allowing woodturners to create various turned items such as bowls, platters, and spindles, thanks to its workability and attractive appearance.
English Sycamore wood offers moderate durability:
Indoor Use: English Sycamore is well-suited for indoor applications. It is suitable for furniture, cabinetry, and decorative woodworking projects. While it's not naturally resistant to insects or decay, it can provide long-lasting service when appropriately finished and maintained.
Outdoor Use: English Sycamore is not recommended for outdoor use due to its limited resistance to moisture and weather conditions. It is primarily chosen for indoor projects.
Bug/Insect and Rot Resistance: English Sycamore is not inherently resistant to insects or decay, but with proper finishes and care, its durability can be enhanced for indoor applications.
VARIATIONS AND OPTIONS
All lumber now ships surfaced on 2 sides, and ripped on 1 edge at a minimum. Surfacing is done to a 1/16th over nominal (+- .030). Also the option for a rip to width is now available for a premium price. Ripping is done on an industrial straight line/gang rip machine. While the rip will be consistent end to end, the fence may not always end up in the same spot between orders. Rip widths will be within 1/8th of an inch of stated widths.
4/4 will be surfaced to 13/16ths.
5/4 will be surfaced to 1 and 1/16th.
6/4 6/4 will be surfaced to 1 and 5/16ths.
8/4 will be surfaced to 1 and 13/16ths.
10/4 will be surfaced to 2 and 5/16ths.
16/4 will be surfaced to 2 and 13/16ths.