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First free wood, Apple and Plum

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Project by Raftermonkey posted 07-01-2010 04:41 PM 2172 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just got my first lot of free wood today. WHOOO HOOO!!! My cousin has a small landscaping opperation and he recently learned of my new hobby, so he snagged these jewels for me off one of his jobs. The smaller three are Plum and the larger one is Apple. He has a degree in forestry and is all about conservation (tree hugging hippie)haha, j/k. He said the trees were in bad shape and dying so he took them down. (Conservation disclaimer) No healthy trees were cut for my benefit.
I am going to seal the ends when I get done posting this to prevent checking. Then I guess I’ll be reading tutorials on how to cut a bowl blank out of a log. If anyone wants to chime in on this subject feel free, all info is welcome and appreciated.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"





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stefang

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#1 posted 07-01-2010 05:06 PM

Hi Raftermonkey, here are 3 ways you might find fun as a new turner.

1. Just cut cut a section of log off and mount it in your lathe end to end. (End grain turning)

2. Cut a section off that is about as long as the log is wide, split in half and mount the inside (flat face) on a chuck, turn the bottom first, reverse chuck and hollow. (side grain turning)

3. Cut a section and leave the bark on. Make a flat in the middle on one side and mount (you will now have a log that looks like a propeller on your headstock. Turn the bottom, reverse and remount and hollow out, (side grain turning with a bark edge on the rim providing you don’t turn off the bark there).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Raftermonkey

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#2 posted 07-01-2010 05:28 PM

Thanks stefang, I don’t have a lathe though. I’m sure I could still use these cutting techniques though.

Thanks,

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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spclPatrolGroup

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#3 posted 07-01-2010 06:03 PM

I like to use applewood to cook ribs, 250 indirect for 2 hours, then wrapped in foil for another 2, then 1 hour out of the foil does the trick nicely, I also like to include a steam bath of beer in the smoker to help the smoke stick. Havent tried plumb but I have used peach to do pork butts with good results. Oh, an you can also make stuff out of it too :)

-- Dave, from ND "The mind is an infinitely long workbench, and its cluttered with half-finished thoughts and ideas, sometimes we need to clear off the workbench and start again from step one."

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Raftermonkey

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#4 posted 07-01-2010 06:29 PM

Haha, thanks “Aluminum Chef” or is it Iron Chef, j/k spclPatrolGroup. This will be a nice alternative if I mess up.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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blackcherry

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#5 posted 07-01-2010 06:29 PM

What times dinner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WWilson

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 06:39 PM

Mr. Monkey,

Congrats on the find! Just a quick tip for the Apple – the stuff moves a TON!!! I resawed some slabs from logs and they twist and cup like crazy. Just keep this in mind when you are cutting your blanks. Allow for more movement than other wood species. It’s great stuff however. I am sure you will enjoy the process.

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Raftermonkey

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 06:42 PM

Having a LJ cookout with special a guest chef, spclPatrolGroup, aka “The Aluminum Chef” on Juvembuary the 32nd, at his place, haha. See you there.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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spclPatrolGroup

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#8 posted 07-01-2010 07:44 PM

Big 4th of july cookout, dinner around 8, the smokers will be running to full capacity, someone is also doing a whole hog. I have been thinking of buidling a hall bench\locker, and have been kicking around the idea of using rustic hickory, at least then I wouldnt care so much about screw ups, it just means some good BBQ (my other passion) is in my future.

-- Dave, from ND "The mind is an infinitely long workbench, and its cluttered with half-finished thoughts and ideas, sometimes we need to clear off the workbench and start again from step one."

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TreeBones

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#9 posted 07-01-2010 10:34 PM

I just scored some dead Apple wood today (trimmings) and will use it on the 4th also. Someday I hope to get a lathe. Until then I’ll use this apple to turn the chicken.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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Raftermonkey

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#10 posted 07-01-2010 10:40 PM

Thanks Mr. WWilson, I will definately keep that in mind while I’m cutting them.

Thanks,

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 07-01-2010 11:01 PM

Hi Raftermonkey, You usually turn a bowl with the centers perpendicular to the grain, but if you don’t have a lathe and you intend to carve it, cut it the same way. When you slice the section out for the bowl, take a good look at the grain pattern so you can balance the grain around your center point. Use a straight edge and lay in on the log in a few places to see where you have about the same grain on each side of the center. After you cut it down with the bark on one side, draw a circle on it with a big dividers and bandsaw it to the circle line and start carving.

Goos luck!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Raftermonkey

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#12 posted 07-01-2010 11:28 PM

Thanks Jim. You always give good advice. I think everyone else on this thread is rootin for a screw up so we can have a BBQ. Just joking, haha.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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Simons44

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#13 posted 07-02-2010 06:16 AM

What do you seal the ends with?
thanks,
Jeremy

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Raftermonkey

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#14 posted 07-02-2010 12:34 PM

Jeremy, being new to this and unprepared, I just used a coupla coats of exterior latex paint that I had laying around. Maybe some of the more experienced LJs will shed a little light on this subject for us.

Thanks,

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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aldente

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#15 posted 07-08-2010 02:54 PM

Very nice! save your cut off’s of the apple. They are awsome to use in smoking briskets. I geuss the plum would be to. never tried it tho.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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