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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 02-22-2012 06:29 PM 863 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2012 06:29 PM

I have a guy down the street that cut down a large sycamore tree several years back. He still has some hefty chunks left. My question is has anyone worked with this kind of wood before and what are the pro’s and con’s?

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 02:42 AM

Quarter sawn American sycamore is a really beautiful wood which is relatively easy to work with. Flat sawn sycamore is rather plain. Grain is typically very straight and this is not extremely hard wood. Send it to me if you don’t like it! If you have specific questions, send me a pm and I’ll try to answer them or post them here and others gan share.

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 02:50 AM

Like Andy said, QS is awesome. One of my favorites. It is light in weight, however it dents easily, splits/checks, but has great color variance and is easy to work with. I have seen a lot of turnings on LJs, so may be good for that too.

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 02:59 AM

It looks like he sold out of the Sycamore, but I’m going to talk to him about finding me some walnut. I plan to get a good chunk of it and make a butcher block island for my kitchen. I want the top to be about 8 inches thick.

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 03:01 AM

Sycamore has spiral grain and is very prone to twist and warp in board form, especially flatsawn. It is amazing how much that it can twist and warp. Quarter sawn is more stable. Beautiful wood, though.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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