50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #27: Apple bud base

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 07-15-2019 02:22 PM 264 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 26: You give me wood, I give you bowls Part 27 of 50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 series Part 28: Another square bowl »

In 2012, my wife and I took a bumper crop of apples from our neighbor’s tree, making our first batch of hard cider. We got hooked on making hard cider, and have made cider every year since (~20 gallons last fall). Sadly, that first tree died in 2013 and was cut down. I saved the main trunk, throwing it up in the trusses in the garage. I knew nothing about sealing end grain then, so of course, it cracked like crazy. With 50 things to turn, I have been casting around for both ideas and materials, so I dug the apple log out of the rafters and cut it into various blanks. This piece had two deep, full length longitudinal cracks. I rough turned the blank round, then filled the cracks with tinted West System epoxy. Final height is 10”. Finish is sanding sealer, EEE Ultra Shine and Shellawax. The liner is a test tube; a 13/16” Forstner bit made a perfect size hole for it.

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