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Wood Properties of Sycamore

Sycamore Alternative Name 1
Planetree

Sycamore Alternative Name 2
Buttonwood

Sycamore Alternative Name 3
Buttonballtree

Sycamore Amount of Figure
Intermediate

Sycamore Amount of Natural Luster
Lustrous

Sycamore Availability of Wood
Plentiful

Sycamore Available As Lumber
Yes

Sycamore Available as Veneer
Yes

Sycamore Available only in small sizes
No

Sycamore Bending Strength
Moderate

Sycamore Blunting of Tool Blades
Moderate

Sycamore Botanical Name
Platanus occidentalis

Sycamore Carving
Good, easy to carve

Sycamore Clear Finish or Varnish
Fair

Sycamore Color of Wood
Pink Brown

Sycamore Contrast between growth rings
Diffuse Porous

Sycamore Crushing Strength
Moderate

Sycamore Decorative Figure
No

Sycamore Density
Moderate

Sycamore Drilling
Very good

Sycamore Fill before Finishing
Does not require a filler

Sycamore Gluing
Average - Requires control

Sycamore Grain
Interlocked

Sycamore Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Faint growth ring

Sycamore Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Conspicuous growth ring stripe, ribbon or flake pattern

Sycamore Hand Tooling
Average

Sycamore Hardness
Average

Sycamore Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Sycamore Harmful Properties
Non Toxic

Sycamore Interlocked Grain
Yes

Sycamore Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Moderate

Sycamore Machine Tools
Average

Sycamore Mortising
Very good

Sycamore Movement after drying
Moderate

Sycamore Nail Holding
Good- Nails are fairly difficult to pull out

Sycamore Nailing
Good - Seldom splits wood

Sycamore Natural Durability
Perishable

Sycamore Number of Knots
Low

Sycamore Painting
Good

Sycamore Planing
Fair

Sycamore Polishing
Good

Sycamore Pounds per cubic foot maximum
34

Sycamore Pounds per cubic foot minimum
34

Sycamore Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Sycamore Sanding
Rather difficult

Sycamore Sawing
High cutting resistance - Wood tends to bind or burn

Sycamore Screw Holding
Fair - Screws are fairly easy to pull out

Sycamore Screwing
Good - Screwing seldom splits wood

Sycamore Shaping
Rather difficult

Sycamore Size of Knots
Intermediate

Sycamore Size of Pores
Small Pores - Closed grain

Sycamore Specific Gravity
Moderate

Sycamore Specific Gravity maximum
.49

Sycamore Specific Gravity minimum
.49

Sycamore Staining
Good

Sycamore Steam Bending
Good

Sycamore Stiffness
Moderate

Sycamore Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Sycamore Texture of the Wood
Fine

Sycamore Toughness
Moderate

Sycamore Turning
Good

Sycamore Weight
Moderate

Sycamore Wood Defects
Honeycomb (or collapse), ring check, warp

Sycamore Work Notes
Hard mineral deposits require sharp or carbide tipped saw knives

Sycamore Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
YES

Sycamore Use for Carving
YES

Sycamore Use for Cooperage
no

Sycamore Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Sycamore Use for Flooring
YES

Sycamore Use for Furniture
YES

Sycamore Use for Handles
YES

Sycamore Use for Heavy Construction
no

Sycamore Use for Inlay
YES

Sycamore Use for Interior Finish
no

Sycamore Use for Light Construction
no

Sycamore Use for Marine Applications
no

Sycamore Use for Marquetry
YES

Sycamore Use for Millwork
no

Sycamore Use for Models and Patterns
no

Sycamore Use for Musical Instruments
no

Sycamore Use for Novelties
no

Sycamore Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Sycamore Use for Shingles
no

Sycamore Use for Sports Equipment
no

Sycamore Use for Turnery
YES

Sycamore Use for Woodenware
YES





     
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