Sycamore wood is a versatile wood, light in color and easy to work with. Its demand for the manufacture of fine furniture and musical instruments stands out.

It is original from Europe and Western Asia.

Scientific name: Acer pseudoplatanus. It is also known as European maple, white maple or fake banana.

Characteristics of sycamore wood

Color: White to yellowish-white. The sapwood of the heartwood is not well distinguished. Sometimes it may show patches of green tones.

Fiber: Straight to wavy.

Grain: Good to very good.

Density: Semi-heavy wood, approximately 615-640 kg / m3.

Toughness: Medium hardwood with 4.7 in the Monnin test.

Durability: It is a very durable wood that needs treatment. Especially sensitive to fungi.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient: 0.41-0.50% moderately edgy wood.

Mechanical properties:

  • Compressive strength: 540 kg / cm2
  • Static flexural strength: 1,100 kg / cm2
  • Modulus of elasticity: 105,000 kg / cm2

Impregnation: Impregnable


  • Sawn. No problem, except in corrugated fiber boxes.
  • Drying. Quick and easy. There is a risk of staining and deformation.
  • Brushed. No problems.
  • Glued. No problems.
  • Nailed and screwed. No problems.
  • Finish. No problems.

It behaves well against folds. It can cause allergic reactions and breathing problems.

Price: Relatively low price in places where it is abundant, mainly in Central Europe.

Sycamore Uses

  • Quality furniture and joinery.
  • Interior carpentry: doors, windows, platforms, frames, moldings …
  • Sculpture and turning.
  • Decorative plates.
  • Manufacture of musical instruments. Mainly fingerboards, but also soundboards and guitar profiles.