Woodcraft Woodshop - Olivewood 2" x 2" x 12" Wood Turning Stock
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...
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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.
- Medium brown with irregular streaks
- Turns well
- Finishes well
- Olivewood, 2" x 2" x 12"
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.
Larger blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of size listed
Smaller blocks are sawn to +/- 1/8" of size listed
Spindle stock (1-1/2" - 2") dimensions are +/- 1/8"
Grain runs with the longest dimension
I made a small box with lid. 2"x 2" is just a bit small to work with. 3"x 3" appears to be alot better,but that particular piece only comes in 2"x 2". The wood has a very nice finish with some sanding and linseed oil/mineral spirits applied. Fairly easy to work with as well.