French Sycamore, Sycamore Maple

Scientific name:  Acer pseudoplatanus

Description:  Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of maple lumber is most used rather than its heartwood. Sapwood color ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish-brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish-brown. Sycamore maple can also be seen with curly or quilted grain patterns.  Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture.

Properties:  Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though maple has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even color.