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Forum topic by RyRat posted 04-14-2014 07:03 PM 933 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RyRat

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04-14-2014 07:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: olive wood milling logs

I recently picked up a batch of wood from an olive tree that was cut down around a year ago. I cut a few boards up on the band saw to get an idea of what it looks like. It’s really pretty stuff.

My first thought on what to do with it is to make a few small cutting boards or a few boxes. Does anyone have any ideas on what else I can possibly make with this? The logs are not all that long or wide. I also don’t have a lathe, so I wont be turning anything. Also, does anyone have any recommendations on sawing the logs down? Any specific cutting pattern I should use?

Here is what I have so far.

-- If you are flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit. -Mitch Hedberg


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Gixxerjoe04

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 07:17 PM

I don’t think I’d want to use that on a cutting board, any box would look good, or just hold onto it until you figure it out, or just go buy a lathe haha

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 07:25 PM

What a great score, that is beautiful wood. I have gotten olive wood from my uncles ranch in No. Ca. near Corning. There are lots of olive orchards in the area. Mine was not as nice as your wood. Had lots of splits in it. Where did you get yours? I mainly make boxes and olive is a nice wood to use. It’s very beautiful when sanded and oiled.
Doug

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 08:35 PM

Send it to me! Seriously that would make some great bowl blanks.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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RyRat

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 10:35 PM

It was given to me from my former neighbors. They bought a house that had this tree growing over their water line and wanted to get it out ASAP. It was in Phoenix, things usually don’t grow that big here. I’ll be making them a box to say thanks for saving the wood. It was originally supposed to go to someone who makes olive wood cutting boards (hence the cutting board idea) but he never called back. I’m just glad it didn’t end up as firewood.

-- If you are flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit. -Mitch Hedberg

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 10:42 PM

I once dated a lady who had a gorgeous chess set made from olive. Just a thought.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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RyRat

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#6 posted 04-15-2014 02:13 AM

An olive chest, I’m not sure if I should take that literally or figuratively.. :D

-- If you are flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit. -Mitch Hedberg

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