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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.
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Excellent work BK..
A terrific combination of design and materials. Great details, too. Thanks for posting these photos.
Excellent workmanship, design and use of materials.
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.
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.
I love it!
Nice work, you really brought out the natural beauty of the wood.
Very nice looking table. Really like the colors.
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