Sycamore Box

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Project by David posted 1818 days ago 1852 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d read a few posts on here describing the need to build something immediately upon finding a great piece of wood. That’s exactly how I felt when I saw this sycamore. This was actually a scrap piece the owner of the mill gave me (along with one other!) after I spent about an hour venturing around. Along with the sycamore I purchased some black walnut (one piece with a live end) sapelli, ullie and ipe. Needless to say I’m very excited about my new find.

The 2 scrap pieces of sycamore that were given to me where thin (about 3/4” thick) by 2 feet wide by about 4 feet long. So, I figured a box would be perfect as a starter. I’d never built one but thought it would like nice on my mother’s dresser. It’s finished with 2 coats of wiping varnish (1/3 tung oil, 1/3 varnish & 1/3 paint thinner).

Thanks for looking.

-- dcutter

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#1 posted 1818 days ago

Great piece of wood! I love the way you chased the grain.
Well done.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#2 posted 1818 days ago

beautiful box and wood

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1818 days ago

Davit it came out beautiful.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#4 posted 1818 days ago

Fantastic job on matching the grain around the box. Really well done there.

The lid doesn’t seem to sit flush with the base. Any thoughts on attacking that? You could go as far as ‘hiding’ it with some small trim pieces? Or maybe just some adjustment via sanding?

Beautiful piece. Look forward to seeing your next one.

-- Socrates: "I drank what?"

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#5 posted 1818 days ago

Fantastic box. Love the greain wrap going all the way around. Great wood and great build.

I am sure mom will love it.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 1818 days ago

MaxS – Yes the top doesn’t fit completely flush. This is my first box and I wasn’t quite sure how to fix. You think sanding will help? I don’t want to mess with it too much for fear of making it worse. Any comments, suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks!

-- dcutter

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#7 posted 1817 days ago

very nice piece of wood

about the lid – does it sit flush without the hinges? if so there should actually be a small (unnoticeable) gap in the back so that the lid closes completely in the front other wise it will bind up in the back causing a gap in the front…

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#8 posted 1817 days ago

Great Lookin box Like the Sycamore wood

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 1817 days ago

Wonderful job on this box.

-- "Preach the gospel always. If necessary use words" -St Francis of Assisi

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#10 posted 1817 days ago

DavidH – Thanks for the advice. The back does sit completely flush, so this evening when I get home I’ll take your advice and sand a bit off to see if that helps. Thanks again!

-- dcutter

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