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European Sycamore Maple Plywood

European Sycamore Maple Plywood: European Sycamore Maple veneer
  • 4.5mm-60mm thick (composites up to 100mm)
  • Special order in pallet up to max. size:
    2200x1850mm (maple throughout) or
    3660x1250mm & 3050x1525mm (maple faced)
  • Standard sizes:
    1250x1250mm, 2200x1250mm (maple throughout) or
    2440x1220mm & 3050x1220mm (maple faced)
  • Available in closed core construction = no open defects anywhere within the panel


Used for many applications such as musical instruments or where a very strong, white coloured plywood is required, maple plywood is a high-quality, strong plywood of uniform strength.

Typical examples of applications where maple plywood is regularly used include toy & model making, vehicle manufacturing, interior decoration, exterior decoration & for various sports applications.

This wood is also available as European Sycamore Maple fineline plywood

Panel types

Winwood Products is a European Sycamore Maple plywood supplier offering the following configurations/options:

Maple Throughout Plywood

European Sycamore Maple Plywood: European Sycamore Maple throughout plywood
  • Available to special order 4.5mm-60mm (composites up to 100mm)
  • Minimum production: 20 sheets (≤35mm), 10 sheets (>35mm)
  • Standard sizes: 1250x1250mm, 2200x1250mm
  • To special order up to maximum 2200x1850mm

This product is produced using uniform 1.66mm thickness rotary peeled European sycamore maple veneers throughout (most often simply called 'sycamore' in the UK), in the construction of the core and for the faces.

It is used in many applications where a plywood product offering high-performance & dimensional stability in a consistant manner is required, and has the added advantage of being faced with rotary peeled sycamore maple.

Plywood such as this is often used in the manufacture of musical instruments & toys and for various sports-related applications

Maple Faced Plywood

  • Special order item
  • 4mm-60mm available to special order (thicker by arrangement)
  • Maple combi plywood to special order up to maximum 2550x1250mm
  • Maple twin plywood (maple faced plywood) in 2440 / 3050x1220mm up to maximum 3660x1250mm & 3050x1525mm
  • Can be supplied raw or precoated with lacquer, oil or special finishes

'Maple combi plywood' is constructed with every alternate veneer a different specie to maple, while 'Maple twin plywood' has faces of maple with the core made totally of the other declared wood(s).

Generally, European sycamore maple faced plywoods are based on cores of poplar plywood or silver fir plywood, but it can also be faced with 0.6mm, 1.4mm or 2.5mm sliced maple veneers, which can also be bonded to a  birch plywood core.

Some of these species used help to achieve a panel that is lighter in weight, without affecting greatly the technical characteristics that maple throughout plywood offers, or to alter the panel to meet a particular need, e.g. a contrasting wood can be used to give a more striking visual appearance to the edges.

Unidirectional Maple Plywood (maple drawerside plywood)

European Sycamore Maple Plywood: Unidirectional European European Sycamore Maple drawerside plywood
  • Available to special order 11.5mm-60mm (composites up to 100mm)
  • Minimum production: 20 sheets (≤35mm), 10 sheets (>35mm)
  • Standard sizes: 1250x1250mm, 2200x1250mm
  • To special order up to maximum 2200x1850mm

European Sycamore Maple plywood can be manufactured specifically to your requirements, for instance if you require a plywood with unidirectional veneers, i.e. where the grain of each veneer is laid in the same direction. This arrangement is regularly used in the manufacture of drawer surrounds, and leads to the product being called maple drawerside plywood.

This product is used where a uniform construction is a benefit, e.g. for drawersides or mouldings, fir increased stiffness/strength in one orientation.

Generally, the core veneer directly beneath the outer veneers is bonded at right angles to all others. This has been found to offer increased stability across the face and therefore to reduce the incidence of splitting on the face veneer due to the increased flexibility of the panel across the grain.


Core Qualities:

All veneers used in maple throughout plywood are solid, so the core would be described as 'closed' - i.e. without open defects.

Maple combi plywood & maple twin plywood may be possible as closed core plywood, but this will most often be determined by the other species specified.

Technical Details:

  • Thickness:
    • 4-60mm - thicker by arrangement
  • Standard sizes:
    • Maple throughout: 1250x1250mm, 2200x1250mm
    • Maple faced: 2440x1220mm & 3050x1220mm
  • Special sizes:
    • Other sizes subject to agreement up to maximum 2200x1250mm
  • Tolerances (panel size):
    • ±1mm (lengths up to 1m)
    • ±2mm (lengths up to 2m)
    • ±3mm (lengths of 2m and above)
    • (Others by arrangement)
  • Tolerances (thickness):
    • Maple throughout plywood:
    • <25mm @ ±0.5mm
    • ≥25mm @ +0.5mm/-1.0mm (95% of panels expected @ ±0.5mm)
    • (Others by arrangement)
    • Maple faced plywood depends upon the core material chosen
  • Face grades:
  • Specification:
    • EN 636-2 - Covered exterior usage
    • EN 636-3 - Fully exterior usage
  • Other features:
    • No open defects throughout the core
    • Also available with unidirectional veneers
    • Can be supplied as 100% European Sycamore Maple throughout plywood, or with a core to any required mix of other species
  • Standard thickness (maple throughout):
  • 4.5mm =3.1 kg/m²
  • 8.0mm =5.5 kg/m²
  • 11.5mm =7.8 kg/m²
  • 15.0mm =10.2 kg/m²
  • 18.0mm =12.1 kg/m²
  • 21.5mm =14.5 kg/m²
  • 25.0mm =16.5 kg/m²
  • 28.5mm =18.8 kg/m²
  • 30.0mm =19.5 kg/m²
  • 35.0mm =22.8 kg/m²
  • 38.5mm =24.6 kg/m²
  • 40.0mm =25.6 kg/m²
  • 45.0mm =28.4 kg/m²
  • 50.0mm =31.5 kg/m²
  • 56.0mm =34.7 kg/m²
  • 60.0mm =37.2 kg/m²