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Olivewood 1.5" x 1.5" x 12"

Item #838042 Woodcraft Woodshop
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African olivewood (olea capensis) The heartwood is often pale to medium brown with irregular streaks that vary from brown to dark-brown and dark grey. The sapwood is generally pale yellow. Wood has excellent strength properties. Material can be difficult to work due to interlocked grain and oily surface of the wood. Olivewood needs care when drying to avoid checking or honeycombing, especially with thicker material. Glues well, recommended pre-boring needed when nailing. Moderate blunting effect to cutting tools. Polishes up well and gives a smooth even finish. Olivewood is used for sculpture and carving work, decorative turnings, inlay, and high end custom furniture.Larger blocks are +- 1/4" of size listed, smaller blocks +- 1/8". Spindle stock (1 1/2" - 2") dimensions are +-1/8". Grain runs with the longest dimension.

  • Medium brown with irregular streaks
  • Turns well
  • Finishes well
  • Olivewood 1.5" x 1.5" x 12"

  • Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.

    Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, while the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.

    Thin Stock. The thin stock is cut to size from quality, kiln-dried stock. Dimensions are +/- 1/8" of size listed.

    Carving and Turning Blocks. Blocks are sawn to +/- ΒΌ" of size listed.

    Plywood. Sizes are nominal. Dimensions are +/- 1/8" of size listed.
    California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.



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    Beautiful and dangerous

    By  Mike

    from Midwest

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer


    • Beautiful and smoth
    • Easy to turn


    • First use may be OK
    • Later swelling and rash
    • My eyes swelled shut
    • Toxic can sensitize you

    Best Uses

    • With extreme caution

    Comments about Olivewood 1.5" x 1.5" x 12" :

    Check wood toxicity charts. Once sensitized later reactions can increase in severity. I turned olivewood 4 times with no effect. The 5th time my eyes swelled shut my face and neck are swollen red. It is 3 days post-exposure and I'm still affected. I knew about cocobolo and rosewoods but not olive. Take maximum breathing and skin exposure precautions.


    Great stuff

    By  McB

    from Alexandria, LA

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer


    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Makes impressive projects


    Best Uses

    • Gifts

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