Quartersawn Sycamore kitchen cabinets and barstools

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Project by rancerocks posted 05-23-2017 12:08 AM 2493 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my kitchen, the neat thing about the sycamore lumber is that it came from a tree that was next door to the house i grew up in. i remember pounding nails into that tree while trying to climb it as a child, 45 years ago! and i found every nail when i had it sawn into lumber! the barstools do swivel too!

-- Rance, Iowa

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#1 posted 05-23-2017 12:41 AM

beautiful job, I love QS sycamore, it’s fantastic looking wood and so few people use it. well done!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#2 posted 05-23-2017 12:54 AM

That looks amazing.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 05-23-2017 12:55 AM

yes! love the Sycamore too! have a video of the massive sycamore log that had to be blown into two pieces with black powder before the sawmill could work it up into lumber. will post that soon.

-- Rance, Iowa

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#4 posted 05-23-2017 01:58 AM

Beautiful kitchen. We recently had a large, and I mean large Sycamore cut down on our property. I had it quartersawn and have it in our warehouse drying for several months before I get it KD. The reason I had it taken down is because our youngest daughter is allergic to the pollen and it also was bothering me in my older age.

I’m sure the kitchen is special for you because of where it came from and you’ve done an awesome job of keeping it alive.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#5 posted 05-23-2017 04:56 AM

Beautiful work and beautiful wood.

-- From popular rap:"If time is money, then I need a loan." Carlos B.,

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#6 posted 05-23-2017 10:32 AM

Awesome work Rance, Love those beautiful bar stools! Love your story also!
Thanks for sharing

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 05-23-2017 11:52 AM

Beautiful! I fear the day someone paints it white! (I hope not)

-- Petey

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#8 posted 05-23-2017 11:56 AM

This is a beautiful kitchen and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 05-23-2017 02:48 PM

Looks great! The grain of the sycamore is awesome.

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#10 posted 05-23-2017 02:52 PM

Fantastic! Great job.

-- Pete

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#11 posted 05-23-2017 03:29 PM


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#12 posted 05-23-2017 04:40 PM

Beautiful! I recently bought a little (30bf) QSS – with no particular project in mind. I like those stools a lot. The cabinets are even awesomer.

I’d like to see the plan for the stools. I need some of those.

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#13 posted 05-23-2017 06:51 PM

I would also like to see the plans for the stools.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#14 posted 05-23-2017 09:39 PM

I recently built a desk from QS Sycamore. It’s a beautiful wood, and your kitchen is spectacular. Your personal history with the tree makes the project that more special. I really like the stools too.

-- Ron Stewart

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#15 posted 05-23-2017 10:41 PM

Nice job Rance and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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