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BOB67CAM

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1645 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: humor question resource arts and crafts

ok so the question is does anyone ever use crab-apple wood? and im assuming they dont but why not?
basicly i trimmed trees a few years ago and left a huge branch mainly because of lazyness and not cutting it up, untill i got into this woodworking stuff and thought crab-apple = fruit and fruit trees = hardwoods and we lost a plum tree last fall too so just experimenting i drug them into the garage and started hacking the wood up and the plum i would say is around the hardness of walnut-cherry kinda area, but the crab-apple is extremely hard
my assumption so far is just that crab-apple trees dont get very big hence small lumber…is that the deal or am i missing something else?

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea


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#1 posted 1645 days ago

All the crab apple trees I’ve seen have been too small for any decent sized wood. I guess I could turn a pen out of a trunk or 2. LOL

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#2 posted 1645 days ago

I carved a trencher type bowl, a bunch of spoons, kitchen utensils, and turned some muddlers from the crab apple that fell over out back. It is also a great wood for tool handles.

-- Mark, www.mrhudon.com

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#3 posted 1645 days ago

I cut and dried one last year. I mostly got firewood out of it, but I did manage to get a few 6” wide boards out of it. I built a small box with some of it and posted it in my projects. It is extremely hard and brittle when dry so hand cut dovetails are a challenge in it.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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BOB67CAM

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#4 posted 1645 days ago

i checked out yer boxes julian, very nice, im assuming the bottoms are the crab-apple
id like to see what you made mrhudon

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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Julian

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#5 posted 1645 days ago

Bob, you are correct. Crab apple has some really interesting colors in it!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#6 posted 1645 days ago

If you are using wood from a branch don’t expect to get any long straight pieces from it. As soon as you cut them they will bend.

Branches all have forces built up in them. As they were growing out from the tree the bottom was under compression and the top was in tension. Cutting them releases all that.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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PaulfromVictor

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#7 posted 1645 days ago

I agree with Gary. Straight boards come from the trunk. Limbs will most often be “reaction wood”. Can be dangerous to work with. Maybe the wood is good for turning. I am not a turner, so maybe somebody can chime in on that.

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BOB67CAM

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#8 posted 1645 days ago

i agree completely about the color
im assuming gary u mean the trunk would be the only good place or?, i would think all trees would be the same in that aspect or am i wrong there? the stuff i have i did not kiln dry by anymeans they are just basicly 12-18 inches long and have been on the shelf in the garage for awhile now the plum i had did crack but it was really wet
i guess as far as the long and straight i dont think most of that would bother me too much since the largest i have is about 6 inch i was thinking more for accent kinda stuff, or maybe like drawer handles or that kinda thing

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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BOB67CAM

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#9 posted 1645 days ago

ok so for paul, how do u mean “dangerous” to work with, as in it wont hold its shape or for instance cutting on a tablesaw it can bend or?...
i hate to keep pestering yall on this stuff but since im a newbie at it i gotta know..lol

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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Andrew

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#10 posted 1645 days ago

I have made som really nice bowls from it, turn green, turn thin, sand as best as you can, and just watch em warp. Really cool grain and color.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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PaulfromVictor

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#11 posted 1645 days ago

If you ever have a board “react” as you are pushing it through the saw, you can get hurt. I had one piece of maple a few years ago that gave me some trouble. As I was ripping it, the kerf closed in on the splitter and locked the board in place. Initially, being a newbie at the time and not recognizing what was happening my instinct was to try and push harder to get the cut complete. Luckily the board froze, as did my blade. This could have resulted in me trying to apply a lot of forward force which could have put my hands in the blade, or it could have kicked back. If I were to guess, the board probably reacted because it was not dried correctly (case hardened?).

I have a buddy that wached a board bow as being cut. Another recipe for injury.

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BOB67CAM

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#12 posted 1645 days ago

ok thanx paul, that makes sense

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#13 posted 1645 days ago

When I first bought my house one of the first things I did was get rid of the crab apple tree… too much mess, too many bugs… I had one piece about 10” round and about 18” long which I put in a corner of my shop and just left it there for a couple of years. My plan was to put it on the lathe which I finally did. I turned a beutiful lamp… the colors were out of this world. However, about a month after making it the base of the lamp split… and I mean REALLY split. I’m so glad that I didn’t give it to anyone.

—Bobby

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BOB67CAM

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#14 posted 1645 days ago

sorry to hear about the bowl andrew, ill bet it looked awesome in the beginning ;)

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#15 posted 1640 days ago

Bob here’s the tray one of the spoons and muddler. The tray was my first attempt at carving green wood, kind of rough but I was going for the primitive trencher look.

There are a couple of more photos here.

http://picasaweb.google.com/mr.hudon/Applewood#

-- Mark, www.mrhudon.com

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