Applewood Gift Boxes

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Project by rtbrmb posted 05-04-2019 02:29 AM 1919 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During the winter of 2017 I had a coworker bring me some apple logs from his moms yard that went down during a bad wind storm. This is the first time I ever had logs processed into boards. When I got the kiln dried logs back there was quite a bit of twist & cupping in the boards.

The saving grace is that I plan on using the applewood for smaller projects. I had to make a new taper jig and planer sled to get the apple into usable shape. After machining into the final dimensions and letting them set I had to hit all the edge miters a second time with my Lie-Nielsen #62 LA.

I personalized the boxes with names and college mascots. One was for a 40th birthday present the other was a going away gift. The natural voids were filled with diamond dust epoxy. I finished with one coat GF seal-a-cell and multiple coats of arm-r-seal.

Overall I am very happy with the character of the wood & the fact I was able to wrap the grain around all 4 corners. I have since read the apple is not the easiest to work with.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI

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#1 posted 05-04-2019 03:42 AM

Fantastic box Bill.

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#2 posted 05-04-2019 05:24 AM

Nice wrap. I tried some pear in a similar situation, twisted, cupped, curled, and basically walked home from the kiln. Made some smalls from it too. Hard to pass free wood, and coping with imperfect wood, and making something of interest is a learning thing big time.

Nice job.

Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 05-04-2019 11:55 AM

Good job, Bill. I’ve got apple from an old tree from my yard that I’m slowly working through. It’s not too bad to work, but I’m generally careful to avoid the pith. That cupped board you showed, I would have ripped into two and had two nearly-quartersawn bits to work with.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 05-04-2019 12:11 PM


That’s exactly what I did with it. I am lucky that the logs were wide enough to be able to rip down the middle and save usable pieces from both sides of the pith.


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#5 posted 05-04-2019 02:18 PM

WOW! The grain is so wild and beautiful! Great looking box and nice inlay of MI and the UP!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 05-04-2019 06:34 PM

Nice box indeed…and those splines…but I must admire to that wood too..just looks beautiful!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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