Big Sycamore Will Make Big Slabs

Recently, I salvaged a huge sycamore log that I plan to cut into natural-edge slab table tops. In the video below I show how I got the log from a warehouse construction site. After this, it will sit for a year or so to give the sapwood some time to spalt (begin to decay), which will add a lot of visual interest to this giant. Now it is time to cut some logs from last year (or the year before).

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About wunderwoods

Hi! My name is Scott Wunder and I am the owner of WunderWoods Custom Woodworking. We build wine cellars, built-ins and furniture from local woods, here in St. Louis, MO. Recently, I finished a three-year term as the President of the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild, which had me writing a monthly article for our newsletter. I love to write, especially about wood, and found that I still had more to say. Every day I run into something wood related that I realize some of my customers don't know and this seems like a great forum for sharing what I have learned (instead of telling the same story to each person). The main thing to remember is that I try to keep it light and as my wife always reminds people that have just met me, "He is joking."

5 responses to “Big Sycamore Will Make Big Slabs”

  1. David AION. says :

    I had a small piece of spalted sycamore that I turned into a beautiful bowl and it’s my favorite wood now. Once the spalting begins it makes it a little wonky to work but it’s worth it.

  2. Jeff Zeis says :

    Your video production quality is quite admirable, sure you don’t want to do some art direction again? ;>)

  3. Mark Koritz says :

    Scott thank you for sharing it’s quite a tree you’re going to have fun with that

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. Vince Koepp says :

    Great video. Thanks for letting me come along.
    Vinny from Columbia ILL

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