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Forum topic by Pieter_hb posted 04-16-2017 08:47 AM 724 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2017 08:47 AM

Hi Everybody

Attached are 5 frames I made from Wild Olive wood and Rhodesian Teak wood. All of them are made from pieces of wood I joined together.

Rhodesian Teak wood are mostly used for patios and furniture. It is a very hard and dense wood and is a very nice wood to work with. It does not bend or crack and can be sanded to give a very smooth texture. I used 2000 grain sandpaper for the finish which makes it feel as smooth as velvet.

The pictures inside 4 of the 5 frames were made by a South African artist (T.O. Honiball) way back during 1973. If you zoom in on his pictures, you can see a lot of “action” going on with each of his characters, he created in all his pictures.

The darker frame with the Black Panther in it, is wood I obtained from a Wild Olive tree that was struck by lightning and reckon by the farmer I got it from, to be more than 300 years old…? The main trunk of the tree was about 70 cm in diameter. I am going to cut that up into planks for a dinner table I have in mind. Can’t wait! For this particular frame, I left the bark at the edges of the wood, to give more character to the frame.

The two lightest frames from Wild Olive is wood that I bought close to the coast. The difference in color is purely due to the change in climatic conditions. South Africa’s inland is very dry, hot during the summer and very cold during winter times. These extreme climatic conditions made the Wild Olive wood in that vicinity’s to grow very slowly and then it obtained the darker color due to that. Compared to that, the same Wild Olive species closer to the coastal areas in South Africa are more humid and wet, with much more moderate temperatures. This cause the wood to be lighter in color and slightly less dense.

Wild Olive wood (Olea Europaea subsp. Africana) is one of Africa’s hardest and solid woods you can find. Similar to Rhodesian Teak it does not bend or crack and because of its properties it can be sanded to a surface that also gives it a distinctive velvet touch feeling. I only used a handsaw to cut all the pieces, because of its hardness this type of wood easily damage or blunt electric or other tools.

Feel free to ask any questions and enjoy!

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#1 posted 04-16-2017 12:16 PM

Well and good on you.
Great work, and welcome aboard.

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#2 posted 04-16-2017 12:27 PM

Tx Bill

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#3 posted 04-16-2017 12:50 PM

Great job there. Thanks for sharing.


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#4 posted 04-16-2017 01:14 PM

Tx Mahdee

Currently busy with 4 wooden wall clocks that are near completion. I also made them out of lots of small wood pieces…

Will share it as well once finished.

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#5 posted 04-16-2017 03:12 PM

Great idea and well executed. How did you join the small pieces that form the sides and then how did you join the sides to make the frame?

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#6 posted 04-16-2017 03:22 PM

Number 3 is my favorite. Great work.

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#7 posted 04-16-2017 03:28 PM

Hi Marcial


I tried to keep it very simple due to the fact that I do not have big machinery… Done about everything with a clamp, handsaw, and sander.

First I made a frame from simple MDF wood. With that as my base I started to glue the different pieces onto my base. Done the 4 corners first then the rest in between.

The diffetent wood pieces I placed about 5mm over the edge of the MDF, to have an automatic groove for my glass and back plate. Thus no router needed…

I used 2mm mat glass and then used 3mm hardboard to cover the back. With silicon I sealed the glass on the front and back.

The MDF I spray painted with darkbrown spray paint on the sides and the back. Now people think it is part of the wood. :)

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#8 posted 04-16-2017 03:38 PM

Tx RichTaylor

I like that one the most too.

It is Wild Olive at its most beautiful. Of all the branches I had to work with from the dead tree, I carefully pick only the branches where the color of the wood was quite dark… and I think it paid off.

You won’t believe how many branches I had to handsaw to get enough pieces. Got a couple of tennis elbows in the process… :)

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