Plain Sycamore

Acer pseudoplatanus

Trade Names

Sycamore, European Sycamore

Similar Woods

White Beech, Hard Maple


Central Europe, Atlantic coast to the Ukraine.


Frequently found in Central Europe. In the past, most logs in the special “ gured” form were bought in Great Britain. Since the markets of the East European States have been opened, the woodworking industry has been using the large occurrences for purchases there, i. e. of Sycamore plain as well as in its figured form. Black pin knots occur frequently; these are so hard they can damage the knife causing scratches. This is why such pin knots are drilled out during veneer production.


High quality veneer for architectural and furniture purposes. Generally used for all wood products where particular importance is attached to the white color. Very popular for solid tables in pubs, also used for sports equipment and tool handles.


The wood is almost white. The veneer must be dried soon after slicing otherwise it will turn yellow under the influence of light and air. Heart discoloration is possible but since the logs normally have large diameters this is not such a problem. Worse is the tendency of the annual rings to develop green stripe in certain growing areas.


The wood can be machined well and easily with all tools although higher power is required due to its hardness. Planed surfaces are very smooth.


Extra care must be taken during drying since the wood tends to check and warp very easily. Color changes can occur if dried improperly.


Sycamore is excellently suited for polishing and staining. Varnishes restistant to UV rays are recommmended to prevent premature yellowing.


Joints are easily produced with glue, screws and nails and are very durable. Pre-drilling is recommended when using screws.