Sycamore Dresser #6: Quarter Sawn Sycamore Dresser Complete.

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Blog entry by Ben posted 01-21-2010 03:51 AM 4104 reads 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I want to thank all of you that have read my blog and encouraged me along the way. You provided some valuable advice. I have acquired some new skills and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

The dresser is made from quarter-sawn sycamore on the exterior and red oak on the non visible pieces. It is solid wood construction except for the plywood back and plywood drawer bottoms.

I dovetailed the drawers and used wooden drawer slides from Rockler.

To finish it, I used a coat of Transtint amber dye, followed by a coat of Transtint maple dye. I sealed it with four coats of gloss polyurethane.

This is a birthday gift for my 7 year old son. He really loves the knobs. I will probably change them when he gets a little older. The gloss finish makes the pictures of the knobs appear twice as long as they actually are. It also makes it a little difficult to take pictures because it reflects everything in the room.

The sycamore turned out pretty neat and the look of it changes quite a bit depending on the angle of the light.

My apologies if you have already seen this on the project page. I wanted to include it in my gallery of finished projects but also wanted to complete my blog.

Thanks for looking. Have a great Day.

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 04:57 AM

Very nicely built and finished. I like the original look of the wood. The woodgrain of the top is beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 04:59 AM

Absolutely gorgeous !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 05:06 AM

I’m searching the board you posted in this series, blog #2 picture no. 3. Where is it now in this completed dresser?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-21-2010 05:18 AM

Thanks Guys.


That picture was a scrap piece that I was testing my dye on. I ended up going with a slightly darker shade. In that picture, I used the amber dye only. I decided on an amber dye followed by the maple dye.

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#5 posted 01-21-2010 05:46 AM

That is beautiful!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 01-21-2010 05:59 AM

thanks for the post it’s gonna help me cuz i have a project that’s made from the same wood so u might see something here (LJ) with almost the same finnish.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 01-21-2010 06:29 AM


I would be flattered if you used the same or similar finish.

I combed the web for finish ideas on Sycamore and found almost nothing. I did learn through trial and error to avoid pigment stains altogether. If you want the grain to show on this wood, stick with the water-based dyes (lighter dyes show the figure better than dark) and finish with a high gloss. It will look pretty ugly when you first put the dye on but let it dry completely , lightly sand the raised grain, reapply the dye and then apply your polyurethane.

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#8 posted 01-21-2010 06:32 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 01-21-2010 06:34 AM

Twice is nice still looks good

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 01-21-2010 06:41 AM

Thanks again.


The time you take to keep all of us woodworkers going is greatly appreciated.

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#11 posted 01-21-2010 09:13 AM

Nice job Ben. Great looking color for that wood.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#12 posted 01-21-2010 12:16 PM

Looks great!!

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#13 posted 01-21-2010 04:32 PM

Beautiful wood and fantastic craftsmanship!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#14 posted 01-22-2010 06:39 PM

great job.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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