Leopardwood Frames

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Project by jeth posted 01-31-2016 01:34 AM 1094 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

A pair of small picture frames made from Roupala montana (leopardwood) , one finished with an BLO/spar varnish mix and the other with just a coat of wax, which I like as the pinkish colour comes through nicely.

The leopardwood is known for the bold ray figure on a perfectly quartersawn section. I wanted to display this but felt it would be too much if the whole frame was so figured… the solution was to create the main frame pieces from rift sawn stock with a tight straight grain pattern, I then rebated the outer edge, planed the wide & shallow bevels on inside of faces and then glued in a QS strip to show the ray figure on the outer section of the frame. Mitred corners are secured with splines.

This wood is beautiful and machines well but blunts tools fast… (Shooting the ends, after a few passes the plane just started bouncing off it) a lot of sharpening just to process these few pieces.

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#1 posted 02-01-2016 11:30 AM

The combination of ‘straight’ grain against the ‘quarter sawn’ make quite a ‘picture’

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