Trade Name: Quartered Plane, Lacewood (which is the name given to timber or veneer that is cut or sliced on the true quarter). Note: References may be found to Brazilian and Australian Lacewood. These are other woods, which display some similar appearance features.
Origin: The London Plane, though similar to the Mexican Plane, does not have a known place of origin and does not exist in the wild. It is widely grown in Europe as a decorative tree in parks, large gardens and (due to its ability to withstand urban pollution) along roadsides.
Appearance: When cut as Lacewood the overall colour of the heartwood is a reddish brown compared to the lighter sapwood, and is similar to the general colour of Beech. However, the striking feature of the timber cut or sliced in this way are the numerous darker contrasting fleck rays that give the material its name. Colour variations within a log are normal, the core being irregular and darker.The timber when steamed becomes wine red.
Mechanical: Plane has a density of 640 kg/m³ but this is academic because the timber is not used structurally. The timber is not durable.
Availability: Solid material may be difficult to find. No stocks are listed by the TTF. The Lacewood veneer form is available but this should be checked in the context of the size of application planned.
Timber Cuts: Solid Plane tree timber is used mainly for high quality cabinetwork, and for inlays.
Veneer Cuts: Lacewood is produced as veneer for furniture and architectural applications. Logs can be of considerable size with a corresponding yield in veneer. Even so, each flitch will contain its own characteristics so the matching specification for a project should be planned ahead.
Relative Costs: 5
Properties: Generally a good finish can be obtained and the wood takes stain and polishes well.
Seasoning: The timber is one that seasons fairly quickly.