London Plane (Lacewood): Platanus x hybrida
We supply English London plane and European Plane as a Lacewood
London, or European, Plane is native to Western Europe.
London Plane is a hybrid of American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and Oriental Plane (P. orientalis). The wood of London Plane trees is predominantly comprised of the sapwood, with some darker heartwood streaks also found in most boards. The sapwood is white to light pinkish tan, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. London Plane also has very distinct ray flecks present on quartersawn surfaces—giving it a freckled appearance—and it is sometimes even called “Lacewood,” though it bears little botanical relation to the tropical species of Lacewood. London Plane a fine and even texture that is very similar to maple. The grain is usually straight. Weight 615 kg/m3; Specific gravity .62.
Plane has medium strength in most categories, this and it’s low stiffness make it very good steam bending material.
Plane dries quickly with little degrade. There is small movement in service.
Plane will work well both with hand and machine tools, the wood glues, stains and polishes well, bringing out a beautiful finish.
Plane is a perishable wood and the sapwood is liable to beetle attck but it is permeable to preservative treatment.
Plane is used extensively in furniture and cabinet making and also in joinery and light construction.
NOTE: Lacewood is quarter cut Plane that produces a highly decorative flecked surface which is ideal for panelling. This timber is limited in volume and regarded as a special product.