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Forum topic by Alexander posted 03-21-2010 04:56 PM 1318 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2010 04:56 PM

Hi guys & gals,

I have a chance to get apple tree logs, 3’-4’ long and 30” dim. I don’t know what this wood could be used for or if it is worth the effort. I have a friend who has a saw that will cut to what ever thickness I want.

Is this a deal to take and what could this wood be used for? It is green so I know I must do some kind of drying process (?).


-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#1 posted 03-21-2010 05:10 PM

I milled an apple tree last year and it has a really cool grain and color to it. The tray bottom in this piece is made from apple. It is a very hard wood when dry. I cut it up with my bandsaw then dried it in my solar kiln.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 03-21-2010 05:19 PM

Apples easy to carve and shape with good toughness. One of the reasons why it was so popular as a saw handle wood.

As a matter of fact if you had some 7” wide 2” thick stuff I’d pick some up off you. You need 7×7 ish for most handles (6 1/2 or so depending on grain and defects). I like it 2” wide so I can resaw it into matching handles for paired saws like a crosscut and rip combo for tenons.

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#3 posted 03-21-2010 07:20 PM

John, I know a guy who will probably take teh branches ect for smoking if the guy wants to get rid of it. He goes to eastern WA to get it. That is a long haul! :-0

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 03-21-2010 07:37 PM

Apple is some of the best wood for turning on lathes. It makes great handles, bowls and other items. As lumber is takes a bit of work (the tree is not that big usually and so the wood is not very wide or long). It will dry hard but must be treated correctely or it will crack. Slow drying is best. As talked about above, it can have some fantastic figuring and as a finished product can be spectacular.

I also use the smaller branches and limbs in my bar-b-que or smoker as the flavor it imparts is out of this world (you will see alot of bacons and sausages mentioning they are applewood smoked at the grocery store). It also has a beautiful smell in the shop when cut or sanded.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 03-21-2010 08:19 PM

Thanks for all the input. I think I sent an e-mail to you all asking ” how to do it” questions. I will get all the wood I can and maybe we can share it.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#6 posted 03-21-2010 09:01 PM

John- Apple is abundant here in eastern WA, but the trees are so studiously pruned for fruit production that we can usually only get narrow pieces after removing the pith, which is important. I air-dried this for 1 year per inch thickness (milled it to 5/4 to begin with) and stored it with weighted jugs on top of the stickered pile. I took empty plastic milk jugs and loaded them with sand swept off the winter roads (that’s beyond frugal, isn’t it?) You could use bricks or cement block, but put weight above the top waste piece covering the stack. Cover it from the weather and harsh sun, but leave it open for air flow. Mine was under a barbecue-pit roof for over a year. It is beautiful wood, and I’m planning some future turned plates out of my remaining 5/4 stock.


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#7 posted 03-22-2010 12:11 AM

Update on the apple wood. I spoke with the lady who has the wood and found out there is one person ahead of me that showed an interest. She is going to give him first chance, as she should, and then if he does not take it then all the wood is mine.

I have all you guys & gals information on what you would like if I get it and I’m sure something can be worked out. Hang in there.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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