Make stuff with a log

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 09-25-2010 02:16 AM 18977 reads 3 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Get in touch with your inner woodworker and make things with just a log. Here are three and a half ideas.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 09-25-2010 03:26 AM

Cool man I have heard that people will use apple trees and pear trees for any thing were strength is needed b/c the wood is strong what wid it supporting all that fruit.

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#2 posted 09-25-2010 03:31 AM

Interesting. That totally makes sense. It’s amazing how much stress is on the branches of apple trees. I got to thinking about it an figured that maybe apple wasn’t used much in woodworking because typically they are kept small…and pickable. Mine was way overgrown and had a huge trunk.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#3 posted 09-25-2010 03:33 AM

Great video as always Stevin. How dare you insult hand tool users though lol just kidding (I use both).

I think that candle holder is a really cool design and a great idea. I understand you don’t want the top candle holder slanted as it could cause the candle to just slide off and burn your house down, but if its flat wont you possibly get a wax waterfall on the cliff side and all over the table underneath it? A little angle would help. Or perhaps route/chisel a groove on the side you want the wax to actually flow to help guide it. I don’t know if this is actually necessary to do that since I can’t see how flat you really made it but that is just my 2 cents(and it’s only worth that much).

Great video though and cool ideas.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#4 posted 09-25-2010 04:00 AM

One time, in college… me and my buddy were expanding our minds… and built this killer castle by melting like 100 candles all over different stuff like birds skull and what not. We were glazing it with a lighter and some hair spray when some coffee filters on the inside caught on fire…. My buddy is like “Oh F this F’er is on Fire” and I’m like “F” then this kid (Chip) busts into the room and is like “I’m a volunteer fireman.” He grabs the castle we had been working on for ten hours straight…. runs into the bathroom…and smashes it on the shower floor turning on the water and stomping on it…. I was so pissed I never spoke, not one word, to him again. Every time I see someone melting a candle on purpose to create Art I’m reminded of that castle and how cool it was…. Also I’m reminded of how I hate Chip, he didn’t have to smash it… jerk.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#5 posted 09-25-2010 04:15 AM

On the top pedestal you could put a spike of some sort that the candle would site on. When you add the candle to it you would just push it on.

Also, you could make it so the spike is on a thin metal disc so the candle could burn all the way down without you worrying about it burning the wood. Just make it whatever diameter the pillar candles are you typically get so it isn’t visible

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#6 posted 09-25-2010 04:35 AM

More cool projects.
All easy to make and fun.
(And that’s what it’s really all about, right?)

Thanks Steve!

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#7 posted 09-25-2010 04:59 AM

great video. my favorite was the candleholder waterfall.

-- Derek, Iowa

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 05:09 AM


Not bad projects, pretty cool.

The clock on your last project for the candle holder, you need to set it so it don’t blink LOL


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#9 posted 09-25-2010 05:18 AM

Biggest reason I’ve heard of for apple wood falling out of use is the dominance of dwarf trees vs. the older full sized trees. Also the wood seems to start rotting in the middle at around 50 years old while the tree keeps on producing so the wood isn’t always solid when the tree is finally cut down.

-- A posse ad esse

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#10 posted 09-25-2010 05:21 AM

Another good one. I liked the swing top box, think I might make some to put up Trees in backyard as bird nest boxes, sure hope they can work that lid out though. If you have a wood lathe turn yourself up a mallet, tough stuff apple but keep it oiled up to stop it splitting
Thanks again Alf.

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#11 posted 09-25-2010 05:23 AM

Very cool video Steve. I took an old hackberry tree down in my back yard and saved some of the tree for projects. Those are some good ideas.

FYI. Apple wood is very hard, as are most fruit woods. Apple historically, was the wood of choice for making tool handles – hand saw handles in particular. Most of the pre-WWII hand saws from the big makers like Disston and Atkins had handles made from apple wood. I have some of those old saws and the handles still feel great in the hand.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#12 posted 09-25-2010 07:28 AM

Really cool ….quick projects!!!

I would have used the applewood in my smoker….......makes great steaks and ribs!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#13 posted 09-25-2010 01:45 PM

Your pixie-type humor is always good, Steve, but I have to take issue with one thing you said (twice).

A propane torch is NOT a blow torch (well, not to people of my age, who remember our uncles or grandfathers using the classical gasoline-fueled blowtorch).
Here is a link to pictures of REAL blowtorches.
Best wishes for more exacting use of the English tongue,
Don “dances with wood” Butler

-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#14 posted 09-25-2010 09:45 PM

:—)) you always make me smile Steve and great little projects too
ceep up the good work with those vidio┬┤s

take care

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#15 posted 09-25-2010 10:43 PM

Let’s see if I can respond to some of you.

@Eric_S: Good idea. I suppose there should be some sort of tilt to the top piece. Even a 5 degree angle would be fine. And…

@Pawky A way to secure the candle is also a good idea. I have made candle holders in the past where I just drove a nail partly into the wood and cut off the head. Then you can press the candle onto it.

@poroskywood: Wow. Consider some professional help.

@derosa: That sounds exactly like my apple tree which was about 50 years old.. It was rotting out from the center. It was just too overgrown.

@Don: I had no idea a propane torch isn’t a blow torch. Now I want to get one of those gasoline versions!

@nmkidd A man after my own heart! I just learned about applewood for smoking on the grill. Must try.

@docholladay: Hmmm…maybe I’ll save some of my apple wood for the lathe. Need to dust it off first!

@jwarner75: I seem to be always stuck at 12:00 blinking. Even my actual digital clock in my shop is blinking because my power went out a month ago and I still haven’t bothered to set the damn clock. Typically, it’s off one hour because of daylight saving time, in which I refuse to participate.

@Dennisgrosen: I am always impressed that you continually post comments on my videos. If I had your hat I would make an entire video wearing it.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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