sycamore bookcase

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Project by Jay20650 posted 06-10-2014 06:12 PM 1074 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago during a storm the sycamore tree in front of the local library came down, the fallen part had been scavenged for firewood unfortunately, but about 7 feet of trunk remained still standing, so with permission from the library I took it down and milled it into slabs.The wood was slightly spalted resulting in some spectacular color. Some of the boards look like they were painted with water color. They uprights are white oak that I milled as well, I didn’t have any sycamore long enough for the uprights, maybe something more contrasting would have been better visually, but it was what was on hand and free! The idea with this book case was to maximize showing off the sycamore.

-- Jay,

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 06-10-2014 06:22 PM

That is really pretty grain, nice job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 06-10-2014 07:04 PM

Excellent job. Good looking wood.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 06-10-2014 10:40 PM

Nice use of those timbers.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#4 posted 06-11-2014 03:03 AM

Good. How did you join the pieces ?

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#5 posted 06-11-2014 10:13 AM

Shouldered half lap joints, no screws, no glue,

-- Jay,

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#6 posted 06-11-2014 04:59 PM

My neighbors looked at me funny when I rolled home a +300lb log from a sycamore tree on a furniture dolly.
It got cut down because it was too close to a neighbors house..
I haven’t milled it yet but your bookshelf provides plenty of inspiration and a bit more motivation.. it looks great!

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