I was helping my son cut up an 8" thick sycamore branch that he stuck in the
garage LAST YEAR. He had this idea about carving it into something, sohe
wanted it to dry. The stuff was hard as rock, which made me wonder why I
never see it mentioned in lists of choices for woodworking. Granted, my
woodworking knowledge is about a 1.2 on a 1-10 scale, but still.....are
there problems with that wood?
It's too soft for anything that's likely to see hard use (such as children's
furniture) or even moderate use (such as a kitchen table). It's also not very
strong. If it's plainsawn, it's prone to warp and has an indistinguished and
Quartersawn syscamore is stable, though, and has dramatic ray-flake figure,
often stunningly so. (There was a thread here not too long ago about the
appearance of quartersawn sycamore; several people posted links to photos. You
might want to Google that up.) It's still soft and weak, though.
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But it is definitely sycamore and it is definitely in the kitchen and it
definitely is holding up perfectly well. Sure, it isn't hard maple but it
isn't all that much softer than soft maple in my experience. As for boring,
that depends on several factors but I must be doing something right because
plenty of people like pieces I've made from sycamore
Yes, it does move around more than I'd like but with care even radical
movement can be handled gracefully. I've learned to never use breadboard
ends on a sycamore tabletop.
American Sycamore has a nice even texture, and relatively lightweight.
It works well with good finishing properties. Sycamore makes fine
furniture, butcher block, and veneer.
On Tue, 02 Nov 2004 16:47:02 GMT, "Doug Kanter"
I agree, but tell that to my neighbor. The day after I moved to my new
house, she came over and said "Hi. My name's Helen. Let me tell you about
this hideous tree of mine." To make a long story short, she said she's
consulted with the town's historic tree administrator (we have one), as well
as two tree services, in an attempt to find out what disease makes the bark
fall off. She thinks there's a conspiracy to keep the information from her.
I told her that's just what sycamores do. She said "Well...if you're not a
tree expert, I'm not inclined to believe you". I said "Have a nice day".
You know what fugly is, right? There are also fidiots out there, and you are
living next to one.
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character,
give him power." Abraham Lincoln
Well, then, tell her the _truth_ -- that the tree was accidentally exposed to
'tincture of time'; which had an unfortunate effect on the bark, causing it
to peel, in perpetuity. There is *no* known cure, nor ameliorative treatment,
for that particular condition. The 'good news' is that the tree manages to
re-grow the protective sheathing as fast as it sheds it -- and the health of
the tree is not in danger.
That particular species *is* well-known for being susceptible to a _wide_
variety of illnesses -- there =is= a reason it's called "sick-a-more"
Explained "properly", you can be assured that she will _never_ bother you
with any of her 'war stories' again. <muffled snicker> *GRIN*
On Thu, 04 Nov 2004 12:44:53 +0000, email@example.com
(Robert Bonomi) calmly ranted:
There ya go. That five syllable word will knock her socks off.
NO, don't do that. If Doug lets her think the tree is sick, she'll
hire some brainless-less-than-minimum-wager-with-a-chainsaw who will
drop it smack dab on top of Doug's _house_.
The first option gets it.
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