Sycamore Box

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Project by David posted 08-31-2009 03:26 AM 2435 views 3 times favorited 12 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 08-31-2009 03:29 AM

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

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#2 posted 08-31-2009 03:33 AM

beautiful box and wood

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#3 posted 08-31-2009 04:24 AM

Davit it came out beautiful.

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#4 posted 08-31-2009 04:34 AM

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.

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#5 posted 08-31-2009 08:12 AM

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

I am sure mom will love it.


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#6 posted 08-31-2009 04:12 PM

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 09-01-2009 03:10 AM

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…

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#8 posted 09-01-2009 04:00 AM

Great Lookin box Like the Sycamore wood

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 09-01-2009 07:14 AM

Wonderful job on this box.

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#10 posted 09-01-2009 04:45 PM

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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#11 posted 05-19-2016 03:27 PM

Beautiful wood – beautiful box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 05-19-2016 09:15 PM

That’s a breathtaking piece of lumber and you’ve done it proud.

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