|Forum topic by Durnik150||posted 05-10-2009 07:31 AM||1897 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
05-10-2009 07:31 AM
I recently completed 2 boxes from English Sycamore (ES) with a standard band saw technique. This is the first time I have ever used ES.
I laminated layers of ES with the top layer being the most vibrant figure of the wood. The reptilian scale pattern was amazing! Usually with a band saw box the end grain is either oriented to the top/bottom or to the left/right. Not wanting to lose the beautiful rays in the wood, I rotated it toward me 90 degrees so the end grain was facing me. It worked out well and you can barely even see the glue lines, partially because that front face now has a drawer built into it.
With this little switch I was able to display the ES pattern across what was now the top of the box. I got to the moment of truth, the first layer of the finish which usually brings out the deep 3-D glow and depth. I applied the natural stain and was very disappointed. It did enhance the pattern’s contrasting rays but didn’t provide much depth. Hoping that it might just need a poly coat to deepen it, when it was dry, I moved in that direction.
I applied the thinned polyurethane and, when dry, rubbed it down with 0000 steel wool. Two more layers followed. While the rays are vibrant and do have a little chatoyancy, I was hoping for a much more striking result.
Am I barking up the wrong tree (literally!) with the ES by expecting it to glow and reflect like curly maple? Did I take or not take a step that would have brought this out more? Several photos of the project are in my projects section. I don’t have them on-line anywhere else online so I can’t import them right now. Any feedback or opinions would be welcome!
-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO