Cherry Sycamore Box

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Project by doubleDD posted 09-30-2020 08:53 PM 1311 views 4 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Cherry box for my wife’s friend who has been very sick lately. She’s doing better now but hopefully this will make her feel better. The outside is Cherry and Sycamore with Bamboo highlights. The tray is Walnut and Maple with the handle of mixed scraps. Red velvet for the liner. I think the Cherry and Sycamore blended nicely.
Approximately 12’’ x 7’’ x 5’’ h. I had a gloss finish originally and it looked too shiny so I sanded it some and put a satin finish on. Much happier now.
I picked up the cherry maple and sycamore wood from trees cut down in the neighborhood couple years ago. I have plenty to play around with. I always love when I cut the logs to see what’s inside.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 09-30-2020 09:02 PM

Love the sycamore! Beautiful box Dave! Well done.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 09-30-2020 09:31 PM

Nicely done! I like the choice in wood too they go well together. Beautiful…

-- John in Florida

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#3 posted 09-30-2020 09:50 PM

Dave, the entire box is beautifully done and you choice of materials is outstanding but what caught my eye was the radiused corners.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 09-30-2020 10:13 PM

Those woods go so well together! And your joinery is an asset to that combination. Well done!

-- Tim S. Top notch stick kicker

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#5 posted 09-30-2020 10:14 PM

The quarter sawn sycamore is dynamite, the box ( imho ) overall is great but the tray handle steals the show

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 09-30-2020 10:25 PM

I like it!!! All of it!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 09-30-2020 10:43 PM

beautiful box, Dave! There will be a nice contrast once the Cherry darkens. Greatjob!

-- Rich

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#8 posted 09-30-2020 10:43 PM

That is a beauty Dave, will be much appreciated.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#9 posted 09-30-2020 11:02 PM

Love the quartersawn sycamore and the lift out tray is spectacular.
Great box!

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#10 posted 09-30-2020 11:26 PM

Thanks kdc. I was trying to find something good to go with the cherry and found that sycamore.

Thanks SubVette. It’s good to know others like the combo too.

Lee thanks. I mostly round off the corners but this time I went a little further. It looks much warmer than sharp edges sometimes.

Hi Tim. Thanks, I’m glad to have projects like this to use up some of those special logs. I have neighbors that always ask me if I’m interested in taking part of their tree. LOL.

Dick, when I started to make the handle I had a tiny piece of spalted maple that grabbed my attention. A little walnut and purpleheart made it look good. Glad you liked it.

Thanks Earl.

Thanks Rich 1955. The cherry has some darker spots but not enough of the sapwood to really highlight it. I think it will look better too after it darkens some.

Thanks Bob. I always feel good about making someone happy with something I made.

Thank you MrWolfe. You know at first I didn’t notice the sycamore was quarter sawn. I really liked the stain it had across it. I had to waste some of the piece to get what I was looking for but well worth it.

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

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#11 posted 10-01-2020 12:00 AM

Sweet box, Dave!! I love that grain in sycamore!

cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 10-01-2020 12:23 AM

Nice job Dave, great gift!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#13 posted 10-01-2020 12:50 AM

Very nicely done, I like the way grain pops out on the top, and yes the inside handle looks great

-- Eric, building the dream

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#14 posted 10-01-2020 01:19 AM

Great Job Dave, I hear ya about finding downed wood and discovering something cool inside. One of the things I love about turning.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 10-01-2020 01:38 AM

Great Job on a really classy box Dave, love it!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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