Mulberry and apple wood tray with handcut dovetails

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Project by Julian posted 04-17-2009 12:14 AM 3919 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After pulling the apple wood and mulberry out of the kiln yesterday, I felt compelled to plane it down and see what I had. This was the result. It is the same dimensions as the last project that I made, and was lots of fun to build. Mulberry is very easy to work with, which made chiseling out the dovetails a breeze. The apple on the otherhand was very hard, and prone to tearout even more so than tiger maple. The mulberry will darken to an orange-brown color similiar to osage orange, so it should match the color of the apple wood beautifully. I finished this project with BLO, then I rubbed in my beeswax finish with 0000 steel wool, then buffed it out with a cotton rag.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 04-17-2009 02:07 AM

Very nicely done. You mean the base of the tray is apple wood? I have never seen the wood as lumber.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#2 posted 04-17-2009 02:15 AM

Nicely cut dovetail joints.
I like apple tree for its fruits.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 04-17-2009 01:57 PM

I recently cut an apple tree down for a family member, and milled what I could out of it. The rest of the wood is either cut up for firewood or in small pieces for smoking on the bbq. The wood smells like apples when freshly cut. It sure has a wild varying color to it. The mulberry will eventually turn the color of the orange log that the box is on in the third picture.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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