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Forum topic by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 12-14-2011 05:35 AM 1174 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2011 05:35 AM

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Lots of experts out there… Thought it was poplar until I started jointing theedges and found interest grain flecks. Too good to use as painted door trim? Old barn was the source, a 16’ piece… Thanks!

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#1 posted 12-14-2011 05:39 AM

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#2 posted 12-14-2011 05:47 AM

Wow, excellent reference. Huge list! Mine doesnt look like poplar. Have to sort through other domestics and see what’s possible…

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#3 posted 12-14-2011 05:56 AM

Sycamore…

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#4 posted 12-14-2011 06:13 AM

I believe you are correct, Sir! Thanks!!!

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#5 posted 12-14-2011 06:19 AM

You are in my wheelhouse here. Flatsawn, usually it is QS, but those are the rays you see on the “side” grain. Glad I could help with one of your questions, for once.

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#6 posted 12-14-2011 06:30 AM

Shane – nicely done sir!

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#7 posted 12-14-2011 06:32 AM

I have a clean piece of syc, mental pause on this stuff. Planining it for shop door trim; heres before and after ( with mineral spirits on the clean stuff to show figuring better) – you ‘da man!

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#8 posted 12-14-2011 02:41 PM

Definitely sycamore.

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#9 posted 12-14-2011 03:50 PM

I have a whole load of it to and man does it make great molding. A bit brittle.

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#10 posted 12-14-2011 04:04 PM

The piece I have was about 16’ long and came from an old farmer’s shed. Dirty, exposed to the elements almost like a fence board of some kind. Mud on it, really. Not straight grained, but I might try raising a bead with my #45 to see how it behaves and add that as a flair on my door trim.

Wish it were quarter sawn, because it’s pretty stuff ‘on edge’.

Does sycamore have some kind of natural resistance to the elements?

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#11 posted 12-14-2011 07:21 PM

I made a 2’ by 8’ garden table before the summer out of it. It has taken to curl and cup quite a bit. I use 16 penny pneumatic nails in to pine tubafore’s and its pulling the nails out. The sycamore is 4/4 stock.
table

bench made with live edge

some i cut for molding

And the truck load I was given by William of sycamore

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#12 posted 12-14-2011 08:15 PM

That is a lot of sycamore!!

I really like the looks of that moulding. If mine were 1/4 sawn…. Alas…

Thanks for the tale of the table. Guess is was ‘available’ when my piece was put to use for a fenceboard and nothing more deliberate than that. Now I know!

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#13 posted 12-15-2011 03:51 AM

Sycamore is about the most difficult hardwood that I have worked with. It has spiral grain and is prone to warp and twist, especially the first few flatsawn boards off a log. Some of my boards look like propellers. It has very poor rot resistance, and spalts easily. It will not do well exposed to the elements in an outdoor application.

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#14 posted 12-15-2011 05:13 AM

Just try to drive a finish nail in it. That aint happening without a little hole drilled first. But it shore is purdy. Man I love the medullary grain. What till you plane it, it will drive you nuts.

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#15 posted 12-15-2011 08:20 AM

Red oak, white oak, or live oak can have similiar edge grain qualities when quarter sawn. I’m not going to say anyones wrong just I dunno.

Poplar will not produce a checkerboard type grain though, as I don’t think I’ve ever seen quarter sawn poplar.

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