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Sycamore

Postby Dale Penrose » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:06 am

I recently bought a sycamore board, quartersawn, looks nice. Having never worked with this wood before, does anyone have tips, experience with it?
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Re: Sycamore

Postby Bob Gramann » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:05 am

It's beautiful and the guitars I have built with it sound a lot better than you would expect from tapping on the wood. I find that getting the surface smooth for finishing is difficult--the beautiful grain pattern is alternately soft and hard and leaves pits that need to be filled during the finishing process. Also, the wood expands and contracts with moisture a bit more than some of the standard woods. That makes less of a difference in a small guitar than a large one where a humid spell can make some strange action changes. Overall, you will enjoy it. And, it can make some striking binding.
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Re: Sycamore

Postby Dale Penrose » Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:07 pm

Didn't think of using it for binding. Will be resawing it later this week, so by spring, should be ready to try.
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Re: Sycamore

Postby Joel Nowland » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:21 am

A great wood for many uses. bends super easy. I have used it for back & sides, necks, bridge plates, side bracing, linings, cross-grain patches for side sound holes and where electronics are side mounted.

A great wood when you need light and tough.
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