Apple wood??????????

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08-03-2013 12:17 PM

I have a neighbor that has an apple tree that is slowly coming down. is the wood good for anything??? I could have it sliced or turn it.

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#1 posted 08-03-2013 12:25 PM

Saw handles are typically apple wood.

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#2 posted 08-03-2013 12:26 PM

+1 on saw handles. It’s a hard wood to find in decent sizes.

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#3 posted 08-03-2013 12:39 PM

It’s GREAT for smoking chicken, pork shoulder, ribs, etc. (You said anything!)

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#4 posted 08-03-2013 12:47 PM

I would save some turning blanks.

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#5 posted 08-03-2013 01:00 PM

if its in good enough shape and big enough to actually get lumber (bigger than saw tote sizes) it makes for nice lumber.

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#6 posted 08-03-2013 01:31 PM

Your next project. Make 12 and put them in a bowl.

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#7 posted 08-04-2013 05:28 AM

Many years ago I made stropped blocks, for the mainsheet on my old sailboat, out of well-seasoned apple wood—two singles and one double. One of the singles had a becket. I first roughed out the shape, including the slot for the sheaves (bronze sheaves with bronze roller bearings), then boiled the shells in a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine for about an hour. (Extremely dangerous—don’t do this at home!!!). The heat distorted the wood, so I had to do some re rasping and filing. I filed grooves around, top to bottom, for the strops, which consisted of some old WWII navy surplus 3/8” manila treated with Stockholm tar (I still have a hank of that stuff—love the smell), which I laid up into grommets. I then seized the strops around bronze thimbles with tarred marline. Those blocks were out in all kinds of weather year round for at least 15 years, and always stayed their original very dark, almost black color. They were still on the boat after 18 years of owning it. Seems like I remember redoing the seizings after about 10 years. The only metal in those blocks (besides the sheaves and bearings) was the axle pin.

Wooden boat builders like apple wood natural crooks for quarter knees, and crotches for breast hooks. I always cringe when I see old worn-out apple orchards being bulldozed into gullies or burn piles to make room for new plantings (or worse yet, for mini-malls and subdivisions).

I realize this hardly addresses your question, but I enjoyed the opportunity to reminisce.

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#8 posted 08-04-2013 02:10 PM

On a circular sawmill the guide pins (they rub against both sides of the blade as it turns) were made out of apple if it was available, as they last longer than other common hardwoods from the USA. I understand it makes great slide blocks and work table surfaces.

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#9 posted 08-04-2013 03:03 PM

Agree with pickle – smoking.

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#10 posted 10-10-2013 03:10 AM

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#11 posted 10-10-2013 04:15 PM

I just got some short sections of apple log, from an old tree that couldn’t even bear the weight of its own fruit, one good windy rainstorm, and it came down. These logs are approx 16” long by 8” or 10” in diameter. I had to put them in my truck and park it at the street, that foul smell of wet apple wood was nauseating!
would this be a decent wood for plane totes, should I turn it, or resaw some lumber out of them?

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#12 posted 10-10-2013 04:31 PM

Apple is a beautiful wood. Bigger trees can be sawn into dimensional lumber that often has very nice figure. Color is red-tan with some lighter colored streaks. It is prone to checking and twisting though, so weigh it down when you sticker and dry it. It will also make very nice turning wood.

Some years ago, I managed to obtain some apple lumber from a tree that was 20” in diameter. I air dried it, and am just starting to roll it out into furniture. Extremely nice wood to work and it does have nice figure.

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#13 posted 10-10-2013 06:15 PM

“would this be a decent wood for plane totes, should I turn it, or resaw some lumber out of them?”

Don’t know about turning, but yes to the others. I’ve been searching high and low for some decently wide apple for saw totes. Like uffitze said, apple wants to cup and warp like nobody’s business when it dries, so cut it thicker than you’d think and get some crazy amounts of weight on it when you sticker it and consider ratcheting straps if you have them. Or just take the bark off, seal the ends very well, and store the logs away somewhere to dry and come back to it several years later.

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#14 posted 10-10-2013 06:54 PM

Any wood that doesn’t fly apart is good for turning. Which means almost all of it. Some may need to be stabilized if rotting or weak.

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#15 posted 10-11-2013 02:55 AM

I am going to show my ignorance here and ask what’s a “plane tote”?? I am 31 and work with power tools, I love “ole Iron” the bigger the better. I like my machines in the 500+ LB range.

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