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Hallway Table

comments (8) February 13th, 2010 in Reader's Gallery

bkryston bkryston, member
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I was lucky enough to get a hold of some really figured spalted sycamore for this project. Quite amazing what a fungus can do. Though beautiful, this tree must have been days from becoming a pile of dust. The majority of the piece was constructed using hand techniques including the dovetails and pinned mortise/tenons. The base, pulls, drawers and drawer bead are walnut. Finished with clear shellac, linseed oil and wax.


Design or Plan used: My own design

posted in: Reader's Gallery, table, modern, dovetails, walnut, shellac, oil

Comments (8)

SARGEgrinder47 SARGEgrinder47 writes: Excellent work BK..
Posted: 8:19 pm on February 17th

Jurgen01 Jurgen01 writes: A terrific combination of design and materials. Great details, too. Thanks for posting these photos.
Posted: 6:51 pm on February 16th

bduffin104 bduffin104 writes: Excellent workmanship, design and use of materials.
Posted: 9:48 pm on February 15th

bkryston bkryston writes: Thank you everyone for your positive feedback, it is greatly appreciated. Gary, yes I would agree about it becoming darker from the spalting. Not exactly sure about the chemistry behind that one though. Compared to walnut, working the spalted sycamore was like giving a cat a bath. The plane wood make smooth passes the first 6 inches and then leave the wood feeling like sand paper on the next 6. Very frustrating. Unfortunately, I had to constrain the pictures to post them. In better resolution there are tans, browns, grays, yellows, blacks, reds, and even a pale blue! Watching all that color come out after the first coat of finish... well all I can say is it was worth the effort.
Posted: 1:40 am on February 15th

pittman34 pittman34 writes: This is a great project using a unique wood. The challenges of working with spalted wood makes a successful project very rewarding. It seems that the spalting of sycamore darkens the wood to some degree. Did you find this to be true? Nice table.

Gary Pittman
Posted: 4:18 pm on February 14th

BenchMarc BenchMarc writes: I love it!
Posted: 11:35 pm on February 13th

Woodsmithy Woodsmithy writes: Nice work, you really brought out the natural beauty of the wood.
Posted: 11:16 pm on February 13th

benmess benmess writes: Very nice looking table. Really like the colors.
Posted: 10:44 pm on February 13th

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