Apple Wood #2: Pictures = 1000 Words

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Blog entry by CTWoodworker posted 04-20-2012 01:12 AM 2872 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Apple Wood Coming on Market 2012 Part 2 of Apple Wood series Part 3: Rare Wormed Pear - Kiln Dried »

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 03:58 AM

Sorry I can’t look. My wife told me to stop looking at porn. I mean wood porn. oops, I left out the best part.

By the way, could you post some pic of furniture or boxes, or anything not painted made of apple wood. I’d really like to see the finished grain and color.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 11:52 AM


I love apple.
Hard to find boards that long.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 03:57 PM

Just let me know when its ready … another CT LJ here.

Welcome to the gang!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 04-20-2012 09:38 PM

Them longfellers look great. I have found apple in all sizes difficult to process. I renew the anchorseal one or more times. Our fruiting trees are mostly branches – reaction wood and not much good for lumber—carve them to canes and call them “Diamond Apple”. Have found once people know you’ll take down an old crabapple tree or ornamental crab you’ll get a few good trees each year. Scrapers work better than plane—no tear out. Lots of sanding will give a very smoooth finish. This is about the same for the other fruits and nuts. I have done—Wild Plum and Manchurian Apricot – tool handles. Pin cherry, butternut, sumac, lilac. Just got a lathe and will try green turning. Good luck, Hope to see your projects. s

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#5 posted 04-21-2012 12:46 AM

whatcha going to make with those long rare boards?

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 02:46 AM

davidroberts ask to see some work done in Applewood. In this case Lloyd is using it as the base.

Often it is used as the frames and keel in ship models. Check out the price on Lloyds carving. Not a bad hobby!

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#7 posted 04-21-2012 02:53 AM

doordude asked about uses of Applewood. My primary market is ship modelers and carvers who are looking for wood that has an exceptionally tight grain. For the same reason Pen Turners love this stuff. Anything that is small and can use the characteristics of a fruitwood is a reasonable application.

I’ve heard of some furniture being made of Applewood, but I would think it’s awfully expensive for much use in that market.

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#8 posted 04-21-2012 03:23 AM

Somebody asked “What am I going to make with it?” CASH

I’m a ship modeler and wood carver with a friend who owns an orchard and another friend who owns a sawmill. One day I was complaining to my friend who owns the orchard about his cutting up trees and turning them into firewood, so he said: Give me a better alternative! So I did. My friend who owns a sawmill has been doing this for 5 generations now and commercially mills millions of board feet a year. Fortunately, he’s got a Saturday afternoon for his friends crazy idea. Let’s see where this adventure takes us.

Apple is a tricky wood. It requires a lot of pressure while drying. To accomplish this I have a platform under my deck, which is one story off the ground. On the deck is a hot tub filled with water. The apple is under the deck and hydraulic jacks are placed from the top of the stack to the joist under the deck, allowing me to regulate the pressure. The kiln is a very large commercial unit(s) used to process oak flooring. A lift of oak is placed on top of the Apple while it is in the kiln. Once it comes out of the kiln it is placed in a large shed (just like you might have in the backyard, except it has dehumifiers running 24/7 to keep the moisture content stable. If you buy kiln dried Applewood do not put it in your unheated garage. Keep it in the basement or under the bed. Once you have worked the wood and applied a finish it will be as stable as any other wood.

Somebody mentioned Anchorseal, which I use by the gallons.

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#9 posted 04-21-2012 03:30 AM


600 board feet just came of the saw! Let the stickering and sealing begin.

In the meantime think about your next project.

Send me your email and I will send you an electronic catalogue.

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