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Planetree maple Acer pseudoplatanus

SOFT ACER, LACKING LINES OF DISTINCTION
In many ways, planetree maple resembles its cousin sugar maple (A. saccharum), except that the latewood lines are less distinct and the lumber is softer in the European species. Planetree maple, which is superb to turn and useful for furniture and interior trim, has a subtle, shimmering lacewood on some quartersawn edges or faces, but it is inconsistent and evident only when the grain lies at a particular angle.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate hardwood
Other names European sycamore, sycamore maple
Alternatives Butternut (Juglans cinerea), American whltewood (Liriodendron tulipifera), sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Sources Europe and Western Asia
Color Cream-white
Texture Fine and even Grain Wavy or straight
Hardness Medium Weight Medium (38 lb./cu. ft.) (610 kg/cu. m) Strength Bends well but not particularly strong
Seasoning and stability Can stain if seasoned too slowly, with pink-brawn coloring. Moves moderately after assembly.
Wastage Low; not much sapwood, and few defects, though staining can be an issue.
Range of board widths Good
Range of board thicknesses Good; thick boards are available. _ Durability Poor; subject to rot and insect damage.

SUSTAINABILITY
You may be able to find certified lumber; it is perfectly acceptable to use non-certified wood.

AVAILABILITY AND COST
It grows widely and easily across Europe. This wood is not widely available, though in Europe it is relatively easy to obtain from specialist suppliers It is not a primary lumber, and is one of the cheaper hardwoods.




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