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Forum topic by Ray posted 07-22-2014 11:34 PM 974 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-22-2014 11:34 PM

Trunk wood. Will this wood work well?
If so, should I cut it and then let it dry or leave it as is to dry?

Thanks

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#1 posted 07-22-2014 11:36 PM

I would cut it and seal the ends. Either way seal the ends. It will dry a lot faster in smaller pieces.

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#2 posted 07-23-2014 12:38 AM

What Don said. Unless you have a woodworking place nearby where you can get anchorseal, get some paraffin at the grocery store with the canning stuff or at a craft store. When you cut and stack it it you’ll need some serious weight on the stacks to keep them from cupping. What’s the diameter on those pieces, btw?

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#3 posted 07-23-2014 12:49 AM

I am jealous! I have really needed some apple wood recently :)
Would you need to cut them fairly thick in case you do get cupping you have more to work with when planing?
Is apple straight grained enough to split and then plane? Or do you need to rip it with a saw?

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#4 posted 07-23-2014 01:04 AM

Cross measurements on the largest piece is approximately 10” X 16”

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#5 posted 07-23-2014 01:06 AM


Is apple straight grained enough to split and then plane? Or do you need to rip it with a saw?

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#6 posted 07-23-2014 02:10 PM

Ideally you want quarter sawn for saw totes and the 16” dimension might just be enough for a full size saw tote when you take out the pith and bark etc. Depends on where the pith runs. Apple appears to split fine, but you’ve got yourself some crotch there so the grain in your logs isn’t so straight. It might need to sawn.

Check out these saw tote templates for the size needed (check the grain orientation):
http://www.tgiag.com/saw-handle-scans.html

And here’s a guy splitting and sawing up apple logs:
http://www.closegrain.com/2010/03/processing-green-applewood.html

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