I have a mature apple tree in the backyard that have to be removed for a
pool installation. I hate to see the wood wasted. I'm wondering how
practical it is to harvest this wood for use in a future furniture or
turning project? Any advice on storing and curing the wood?
For turning, certainly. I've taken down similar trees.
For furniture, possible.
Do you have a chainsaw?
If there's a woodturner's club in your area, you may well be able to
get someone to take the tree down for you in exchange for a percentage
of the wood.
In a nutshell, you need to cut the logs lengthwise and remove the pith,
then seal the ends with something like anchorseal. Even so, fruit wood
will twist and move like crazy, so you'd want to cut 2" planks to have
a chance of getting a 1/2" plank after it dries.
Drying time is approximately 1 year per inch of thickness.
You could search rec.crafts.woodturning and rec.woodworking for lots of
info on this subject.
Your other concern with back yard trees, of course, is that you have no
idea how many nails and screws are hidden inthe trunk and branches. A
*good* metal detector is a necessity.
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