Wooden Stretcher frames are manufactured from Obeche timber on a 50mm wide profile.
Imported Obeche is the preferred choice of timber in the construction of wooden stretcher frames.
The wood’s lightweight, workability and resistance to bending or warping makes it ideal for manufacturing a stretcher frame that is stable without being unnecessarily heavy. All wooden stretcher frames are constructed with mortise-and-tenon corners, keyed with wooden expansion wedges. Standard lipped profile is 50mm wide by 23, 46, 75 or 100mm deep, however, custom depths can be achieved by adjusting spacer pieces accordingly.
Obeche wood has a very fine, straight grain. It contains no knots, having a soft cream-colour and smooth final finish.
All timber must be kiln-dried and fumigated at various stages, including port of entry. To further ensure that all stretchers and frames reach you borer-free, we heat treating all timber to safeguard against current and post infestation. The procedure is widely accepted and well documented.
“Heat treatment in the framework of ISPM 15 is a process relying on a minimum wood temperature of 56 °C being reached and maintained for at least 30 continuous minutes throughout the wood. This specification has been proven to be effective at killing most wood related quarantine pests at their different life stages.”
Unlike pine, which is known to be unstable, Obeche’s unique properties make it ideal for the construction of very large stretcher frame panels.