Spalted Sycamore Dining Table

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Project by Austin6 posted 05-17-2021 12:34 AM 717 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is to date the most satisfying and rewarding projects I’ve ever done. A little over 2 years ago, I helped mill 2 sycamore trees that had fallen in my town. I stacked them, covered them, and waited until a few months ago to begin building the dining table of my wife’s dreams. When I uncovered the stack, it was much to my surprise that the wood had spalted and added significant figure to a rather dull grain that comes with sycamore. I first started by turning the legs (of which I had never done before), then move to the stretchers and support braces for the base. Next, I worked on the top, the top is 84 by 44 and fits 8 very comfortably. The final steps included finishing with poly and inlaying c channel on the bottom to keep it flat. I am very proud of how this project turned out so I figured I would share.

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#1 posted 05-17-2021 01:46 AM

that sycamore top is utterly “sick”. wow over the top man.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 05-17-2021 02:55 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 05-17-2021 11:52 AM

beautiful table and the legs are dynamite !!

-- 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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#4 posted 05-17-2021 12:32 PM

The spalted sycamore really makes the table pop. Looks great.

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

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#5 posted 05-17-2021 02:48 PM

Love Sycamore for the beauty that can be found, you did a great job of it. Very nice work.

-- Ron

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#6 posted 05-17-2021 04:31 PM

That is really amazing looking. Totally out of this world.

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#7 posted 05-17-2021 05:03 PM

You should be proud, that table is gorgeous.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#8 posted 05-17-2021 09:04 PM

Absolutely stunning

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 05-17-2021 09:33 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#10 posted 05-17-2021 11:58 PM

You did a wonderful job taking advantage of the beauty in that wood. Congratulations!

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#11 posted 05-18-2021 05:32 AM

Beautiful project, well done!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 05-18-2021 12:55 PM

The scale of the piece complements the scale of the figure in the sycamore very nicely. Nice to sit down every day to a piece that well-crafted and know it was your own hand that brought it to life.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#13 posted 06-04-2021 07:19 PM

As others have said, your top is amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more interesting top for a table. I hope it brings a lot of joy to your wife and that your family is able to enjoy it for years to come.

-- Jake, Indiana

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#14 posted 06-05-2021 11:35 AM

Amazing grain pattern. I am impressed you turned the legs yourself. stunning end result.

-- Charley, Ohio

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