Color/Appearance: Has a very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its namesake. The wood itself is a medium to dark reddish brown with grey or light brown rays, which resemble the spots of a leopard. Like other woods that exhibit the strongest figure in quartersawn pieces, (such as Sycamore), Leopardwood has the most pronounced figure and displays the largest flecks when perfectly quartersawn; this is due to the wood’s wide medullary rays, whose layout can be seen the clearest when looking at the endgrain.
Workability: Fairly difficult to work because of its high density and tendency to tearout during planing. Leopardwood glues and finishes well.
Common Uses: Veneer, cabinetry, fine furniture, musical instruments (guitars), and turned objects.
Origin of Wood Type Australia & South America
Botanical Name Platanus hybrida
Specific Gravity 0.62
Avg. Weight Per BF 3.25 lb/ bf
Color Range Gold – Reddish Brown – Pink
Rarity / Availability Available
Typical Avg. Width 3″ to 8″
Typical Avg. Length 8′ to 12′
Avg. Waste Factor 0.3
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Wood Turning, Wood Carving, Inlaying, Box Making, Veneer and other uses
Lumber Grades Quartersawn (FAS)
Other Trade Names European Plane, London Plane, English Plane, French Plane, Silky Oak, Leopardwood, Lacewood
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