Working Sycamore

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Kelly
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I have been given some sycamore to build a blanket chest. I have never used it. Someone told me they thought it was “*gnarly” to work with.
Any experience out there ? I believe it is flat sawn.
 

dwminnich

Dave
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I’ve used sycamore for both boxes and turnings and have never found it significantly different to work than, say, cherry or walnut.


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cyclopentadiene

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It is excellent to work with. Several years ago, i built a Nakashima bench using a sycamore slab. 5’ long x 28” wide. I had nothing but a Woodriver #4 and hand planed the slab flat by hand. It was no worse than Anything else. There was a section of crotch figure that was challenging due to grain direction varying but it was manageable. Quarter sawn sycamore has an awesome finish and is my favorite lighter colored wood.
 

CrealBilly

Jeff
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It's not all that stable unless quarter or rift sawn. As far are workability, it's not all that difficult.
 

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