Sycamore chest

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Project by stevenb posted 03-27-2012 04:34 PM 2070 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted to make something to show the grain of this sycamore.
hardware is from van Dykes.
All comments and critiques welcome thank you for looking.

-- stevenb

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 04:52 PM

I love sycamore. The grain is outstanding and it is easy to work. Quartersawn it is even more beautiful. Don’t tell everyone thou, it may drive the price up. You did a great job.

-- Scott, Kentucky ----- "Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry" Mark Twain

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 04:55 PM

I do not know the wood. Very nice chest there

-- Nollie Bay City , Tx .

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#3 posted 03-27-2012 05:52 PM

I have always liked the grain in sycamore and never understood why it was relegated to a secondary wood status. Nice chest.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 08:13 PM

Quite the challenge doing that coopered lid. And very well done I might add.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 09:21 PM

I really like the wood and the chest design is it your own design? Great work

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#7 posted 03-27-2012 10:39 PM

Great looking chest, i like the shape of the lid. Where did you get your hardware ?

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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#8 posted 03-28-2012 12:21 AM

i like that one too, you’ve got talent. Yeah, I thought that was Van Dykes, I get my stuff from there too.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#9 posted 03-28-2012 12:33 AM

The wood is very attractive and the coopered top adds to the good looks of this chest

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 03-28-2012 12:47 AM

Nice wood and great chest I like the unique bow.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 03-28-2012 12:47 AM

Beautiful, especially the till handles.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#12 posted 03-28-2012 12:57 AM

That is a really nice chest!

Sycamore is beautiful. However, it has spiral grain like elm and sweetgum and is difficult to dry straight without warp and twist. The quartersawn stuff does pretty good, but the flatsawn boards are very prone to twist. It can dry to crazy trying to mill it flat and get it to stay flat.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#13 posted 03-28-2012 01:05 AM

Beautiful chest, the shape of the top really defines this piece.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#14 posted 03-28-2012 02:49 PM

awsome trunk! Was the lid carved out or steam bent?

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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#15 posted 03-28-2012 03:12 PM

Well done!

Excellent workmanship!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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