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Project by John posted 01-24-2016 12:41 AM 1119 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Apple projects, really good wood to work with.

Two planters, ready for my daughters to fill with something bone dry. 4.3” high by 4.3” wide and 2.8” high by 2.8” wide, I had no idea the dimensions were the same until I measured them.

Bowl, 2.5” high by 5.3” wide.

Lidded bowl or box, 3.1” high by 2.9” wide.

Salad bowl finish.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 01-24-2016 12:47 AM

Nice work John, that apple has come up real pretty, the girls will be happy :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 01-24-2016 08:01 AM

Sublime (See what I did there? I worked a fruit into my superlative. It’s a gift. Didn’t even do it on purpose – came back here from the end of this message, because I just noticed it.), John. Is Apple as brutally hard as Peach? I’ve heard that’s it’s the way of fruit woods, in general, to be really dense. My fruit wood experience, so far, is limited to Peach and Kumquat. Both, dense as a dunce. Especially end-turning. I look forward to Apple and Orange – they’re both gorgeous.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 01-24-2016 08:01 PM

very nice bit of turning i like them all


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#4 posted 01-24-2016 08:56 PM

Nice pieces.
I have worked with most fruit woods and they are all hard but some lack the color and grain patterns that Apple, Apricot and Plum/Prune have. Those three are my favorites.
I think you will find that a hard finish like a salad bowl from Behlen’s or General will make the grain pop more and also protect the wood for every day use.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-25-2016 01:59 AM

Very nice projects and workmanship.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 01-25-2016 02:18 AM

Run out of Cedar? Love that grain, heading out there in May? Have to knock down a Cherry tree you interested in some green blanks?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 01-25-2016 04:20 AM

Thanks all, I’m really enjoying making lidded projects. Mark I got a chuckle from your comments as usual. I haven’t had Orange or Peach so I can’t compare them, all I know is the harder the wood the easier I find it to finish. Les I’m going to look for the finishes you mentioned and try them out. Andre I always appreciate another piece of Cherry wood, thanks!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 01-25-2016 08:49 AM

Those are some beautiful pieces. I really like the bowl and the box came out perfect. Wonderful work!

-- I make bowls and spoons.

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#9 posted 01-26-2016 03:12 AM

Very nice pieces. Really like the grain of apple wood.

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#10 posted 02-04-2016 10:07 PM

G`day John,
Nice work there, and this reminds me of the tools my Dad had when he lived in Caloundra.
As this is such a tiny world I will ask the obvious.
Do you have any contact with the local woodworking club in Caloundra to whom his early model Shopsmith 10 ER was donated.
I have recently succumbed to the SS and restored two of them—-one to be kept as a drill press with a speed changer and the second to be mainly devoted to a thickness sander as per the one Shipwright made.
I have also succumbed to starting to do some turning and purchased some “Simple” lathe tools and a couple with handle from “DWAY TOOLS ” in the US.
Wish me luck and catch up if you care.
Cheers from Ron Booth in Hobart

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