|Forum topic by derosa||posted 03-28-2012 03:22 PM||1194 views||1 time favorited||1 reply|
03-28-2012 03:22 PM
I just scored a bunch of applewood from the local orchards and I’m starting to cut it up. There always seems to be some demand for pen blanks and I figured I cut some up for that purpose. What are the best sizes for making the blanks? I just cut a dozen squares 1×1x6. Also I’ve heard of drying pen blanks in the microwave in three rounds of 15 minutes on defrost with a hour wait between rounds. Is this the best way to dry them? I have a spare microwave which makes SWMBO happy. Or is it better to just wax coat them and ship them wet?
With cutting it is there any preference? Most of the wood is fairly straight so I can cut directly with the grain, the outer parts darken to look like cherry to some extent. The heartwood is completely a different color and still really hard till I get to the center so I assume it would still work. Maybe some pieces that have hart and sap wood. Would people want pieces that cut diagonally or straight across the trunks for more mixing or grain variation.
Also any recommendations on price? I was thinking 2.00 a blank, I know apple is hard to get and expensive at the local specialty hardwoods but I’m not trying to get rich either. But since I have to cut the tree down, mill it up on my 12” bandsaw and I really need an air cleaner I’d like to make something off of them.
Examples of what apple looks like wet
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