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Small Box in Sycamore

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Project by Phil32 posted 11-18-2019 01:09 AM 538 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small trinket box I made for one of my grand-daughters. The corner joints are hand-formed dovetails. The top and bottom are rabbeted to fit inside the sides. The pieces were cut from a large sycamore slab given to me by a cousin. Dimensions: 1-1/2” x 1-3/4” x 3-1/2”

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit! Likewise with woodworkers.





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 11-18-2019 01:56 AM

That is some amazing looking wood.

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#2 posted 11-18-2019 03:21 AM

Nifty box that I am sure she will enjoy for years to come…nice work!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 11-18-2019 04:56 AM

That’s some wicked looking Sycamore. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 11-18-2019 05:59 AM

I like the look of Sycamore, but sometimes it’s not so well behaved. That is the right size for it, not big enough to be problematic.

-- Think safe, be safe

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#5 posted 11-18-2019 07:16 AM

You nailed the rustic-look with this one. Beautiful wood.

I just ordered some sycamore, and had read that it is very hard, and fussy. Would you mind giving a sentence or so describing what one might expect when working this wood?

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 11-18-2019 09:53 AM

Nice timber, P’32.

However, it would still be a Small Box in Churchill Australia.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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stefang

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#7 posted 11-18-2019 12:17 PM

Very nice Phil. The rustic look gives it a lot of character and charm.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Phil32

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#8 posted 11-18-2019 05:03 PM


You nailed the rustic-look with this one. Beautiful wood.

I just ordered some sycamore, and had read that it is very hard, and fussy. Would you mind giving a sentence or so describing what one might expect when working this wood?

- wildwoodbybrianjohns


Sycamore is harder than basswood – (janka hardness 770 vs 410), but the dovetails of this box were cut with hand tools. This piece was apparently close to a branch as indicated by the near-knot on the side panel. Most of the work was done on power tools – bandsaw for the boards, table saw, belt sander for final surface.

I have also used sycamore for several chip carved plates shown in my projects.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit! Likewise with woodworkers.

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#9 posted 11-18-2019 08:49 PM

I didn’t know Sycamore looked like that! Beautiful! Great grain, etc.

Sure glad you posted the size of it… I thought it was much larger than THAT! :)

Very nice!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php

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#10 posted 11-19-2019 06:14 PM

Nice little box and the Sycamore makes it stand out.

I have used Sycamore on a number of projects from dove tailed recipe boxes to 16” shallow tray/bowls without any particular problems. I do find it to be on the “soft” side so I usually protect it well with several coats of Poly. A rectangular tray and the 16” bowl and a “square” bowl are in my project postings.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 11-21-2019 12:49 PM

Very nice rustic box, Phil !!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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