Apricot Stool

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Project by WoodAbuser posted 02-06-2019 10:56 PM 931 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 2016, a large apricot tree in my yard that had been in declining health finally died over the winter.
In North Dakota, the only apricots that can survive are more like plums than the ones you can buy in the grocery store, but still very tasty.
The tree was at least twelve inches in diameter near the base.
I have an old chainsaw attachment that allows the saw to follow a flat board attached to the trunk, and cut a “flat” surface at right angles to the board.
Once I had a flat, a neighbor helped me horse it through the band saw, to cut it into planks.
I cut the planks maybe one and one eighth inch thick, put stickers between planks, and clamped in several places to try to prevent warpage.
I let it sit in my shop, VERY dry in the winter, for a couple years.
A few months ago, I decided to make something out of it, and decided to build a small stool/table similar to several I have made before.
I’ve heard from other woodworkers how little usable wood actually comes out of a pile of home-cut lumber; I can confirm it!
There was no way I could cut around all the knots, and have enough wood, so I decided to make them central in the design.
I also veneered book-matched one eighth pieces from smaller limbs to the two outside surfaces of each leg.
Because after I’m gone, no one could tell this wood from cherry or plum, I took the top to a local trophy shop, and had some information lasered into the bottom surface.
It’s finished with Helmsman (Minwax) Satin Spar Urethane.
I usually put on the first coat or two from a chunk-filled can as a filler, sand it down, then finish with a spray can.
The top is about 22×14 inches, 12 inches high.

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#1 posted 02-07-2019 02:19 AM

Very pretty wood. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 02-07-2019 10:44 AM

I have some apricot from a tree that came down in 2013. It’s been slabbed and stacked since then, and I’m hoping to start cutting into it some time this summer. Hope it’s half as pretty as yours.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 02-07-2019 09:48 PM

Wow, that is some beautiful wood. Hope it becomes a treasured family heirloom. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 02-07-2019 10:07 PM

Saw the title of the post and thought, “Must be eating too many apricots.”

Love the wood color, nice build!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#5 posted 02-08-2019 08:14 AM

Brilliant, love it

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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