OK, it didn’t really start HERE, but way back about the time I signed up for lumberjocks when I got these applewood logs. I already mentioned it in a previous post, but for those that did not read it here it is again (if you’ve read it you can skip to step 3)
The Applewood Logs Story
2007, I was just getting into woodworking, had a circular saw, drill, and a router. my wife saw an add on craigslist giving away applewood. I went to see the guy, a nice older woodworker that was moving out and was done with woodworking. he only had a few applewood logs left and was looking to pass it on to another woodworker. the deal was – it cannot be burned! after a tour in his house showing me all his woodworking projects (NICE) we came to the logs. 2 humungous logs. one at 14” diameter, ~7 feet long. I made an attempt to lift one side to get an idea how heavy it was – and decided there was no way I could take this, not to mention – how in the world will I slice it to usable lumber?!? all I had was a circular saw.
the guy than told me, although this may be too big – he has some smaller logs I can have if I wanted. I wanted!
So I debarked those and sliced them a couple of weeks ago, had them just laying on top of one another for about a week till last week I ripped some pallet wood slats into spacers, and stacked the applewood with some room to breath. I also stacked them on top of 2 heavy duty planters that where laying around to keep it way off the concrete floor:
I estimate somewhere around 50-60bf mostly cut to 5/4 some 6/4 and some 8/4. I sliced this without a sled, and freehand with a resaw guide, the cuts are a bit wavy, so am not sure I can utilize the entire length of the boards (3-5feet long) without loosing quite a bit of material, but my plan is to use this mainly for boxes, toys, and other smaller projects so I’m not too worried about that. the grain and colors inside are quite unique and range from greyish brown moca:
to a vibrant reddish not fully mixed cappuccino:
And one log (the longest) has these really unique color variations that resemble spalting, although it doesn’t seem like it is:
I actually got my package from Lee Valley today with my moisture meter (after my cheapy one from rockler fried) which pointed out that the moisture in all the logs is 9%-10% which is great – after all, these logs were sitting in the corner of a shed for the past 10+ years. I’ll still leave them stacked to acclimate better now that they are sliced up. I sealed all the ends with paste wax to slow down any moisture changes through the end grain, and will let those boards balance themselves out a bit before I try to make anything of them.
Thanks for reading,
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