sycamore box

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Project by hlpaint posted 06-03-2011 02:01 AM 1866 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small sycamore box, 4 1/4” x 3 1/4” x 2 1/4”, toasted maple spline and accent trim. Lined with a dark green fuzzy fabric.

Splines on small boxes, do you really need for strength or are they for looks?

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 02:14 AM

Wow that is the best grain I’ve ever seen is Sycamore. It is so figured!
Thanks for showing it!!.............Jim

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 02:36 AM

I love the box and highlighted the sides and splines, however, the thumb latch is very Stricking!

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 03:39 AM

Beautiful wood. I dont think we have that Sycamore in OK as I have seen a lot of both flat and quarter sawn OK sycamore and nothing that looks like yours. Where di yours come from? I would love to have some.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 03:53 AM

Very stylish. I really love the wood grain, and the accents. This is my kind of box….......

-- Dave

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RS Woodworks

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#5 posted 06-03-2011 04:11 AM

Very nice. I have some QS Sycamore that looks identical to yours and will likely be destined for somethin similar. AFAIK all QS sycamore looks like that, regardless of origin.

On small boxes the splines are even more important for strength than on bigger pieces. Thinner wood= less glue surface= more need for reinforcement. Your box looks like it has rather thick wood for its size tho, so you probably would have been ok without the splines, strycturally speaking. They do add a nice touch tho.


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#6 posted 06-03-2011 06:50 AM

wow, sweet box! I love that wood grain.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 06-03-2011 07:22 AM

The grain is beautiful on the box, very nicely done. Great box.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 06-03-2011 11:01 PM

It’s my understanding that American Sycamore is not the same thiing as English or European Sycamore.

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#9 posted 06-04-2011 01:56 AM

gfadvn, I puchased this Sycamore from a local store, and have ordered some online.
Herb I don’t know where this Sycamore comes form, I would quess America
Ryan, thanks for the info, I would have quessed the big boxes need it more than the smaller ones, and thats why I ask.

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robert triplett

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#10 posted 06-04-2011 04:38 AM

Nicely done. I like using Sycamore for boxes. The maple is a nice contrast. I once took a redwood box from my cool er shop to the warm house- before I had glued in the splines. The wood warped and the glued, mitered corners came apart. The wood was about 5/8” thick. I have not had a corner with splines have any issues.

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#11 posted 06-04-2011 04:52 AM

saweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet little box that sycamore looks nice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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