I just finished making a couple of small objects out of apple, and
it is really nifty stuff. Beautiful color, and the wood polishes
by itself. Anyway, I have an apple I was going to cut for firewood, but
part of the trunk is quite straight (i.e., you could saw it). However,
there is noticeable spiral grain, probably because the tree leaned for
most of its life. Would it be hopeless to try to cut boards out of it?
My suspicion is that the boards would come off the saw like potato
chips. What do you all think?
It smells good too. I have turned apple but have not done any other
woodwork with it. It turns well and some of the stock near the roots and
crotches can be quite pretty. I suspect it is a little soft for some
woodworking projects other than decorative.
After saying that it is probably blasphemous to suggest that it makes good
firewood. It lights easily, burns kind of fast but leaves a great aroma.
It makes GREAT smoking wood (cf "firewood") too.
And applewood is well known for use as the backs (fronts?) for
1. Keep the trunk, dry it out, hope for the best. What you got to
2. Dry out the branches, &tc. Cut them into "chunks" and use them to
bbq (check out the barbeque newsgroup, they'll know what to do, eh'
I would expect the boards to twist. If I remember my reading right, one
way to put it is that the grain lines try to straighten themselves out.
That's one reason quartersawn wood is stable; the lines of the grain
are pretty straight to begin with.
But I bet you could minimize it by drying it with a lot of weight on it
so it didn't have a chance to twist, and by cutting it thick enough
that you could flatten it without making it paper thin. And by cutting
it into shorter boards.
I'd go for it, just to see what happened. :-)
Is that a Dan Ratherism?
Squid - I can visualize that.
Greased - also familiar.
Everyone knows what glass looks like.
Greased squid on glass?
I have a head ache.
But back to apple wood - makes great carver's mallets
and probably nice handles for chisels and turning tools.
Definitely keep it, burn the scraps, but keep it.
you people read too much and carve too little. It will be a revelation
for each of you to see how few tools you need when you actually get down
and do this stuff every day. Stay IN your shop and OUT of the magazines
There are many ways to be a woodworker. Some people focus on the tool
collection side of things and are perfectly happy. Others talk about how
much money they make, how many hours a day they cut wood, and give advice
about the correct way to be a woodworker...
If you are in southeastern Michigan I will come and get it for carp
smoking wood. I have made chisel handles out of apple many years ago,
but I bust up so many now that I just fit manufactured file handles on
them now and am able to get to work so much faster
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