Apple tree

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Project by Ovidiu posted 11-14-2011 07:38 PM 1407 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I visited a friend and I saved a piece of apple tree from the pile of firewood. I cut the log in half and I made a bowl, finished with wax. I dried it in microwave oven and he got a little crooked.
Thanks for watching.

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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Tim Christensen

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 08:15 PM

I have a couple of pieces of applewood from my family farm. I was surprised at how nice the grain looks. That is a great looking bowl, and way to save an awesome piece of wood from the fire!!

-- Tim C., Sgt. Bluff, Iowa.

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 10:54 PM

Apple wood is great for turning.
I see in a couple of your projects you used the microwave oven to dry the wood. This is a good idea and without knowing exactly how you did it I will make some suggestions.
First do your drying when you have roughed the bowl to about 3/4 done. Put it in a heavy paper bag and then in the microwave oven. This helps trap some of the escaping moisture and in turn balances the moisture on the surface of the wood with the internal wood. It work sort of like a steam kiln; forcing the moisture out of the wood but not drying out the surface completely which creates stress. I usually warm the wood to point that is almost to hot to hold in your hand and then let it cool…in the bag with the top open slightly. Do this multiple times until the wood is dry. Then continue turning your project. If I notice cracks developing during the drying or turning process I use super glue (Cyanoacrylate) to fill the crack and stop it. I prefer the thick type for this process.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-15-2011 04:58 AM

Your bowl has very nice grain. It is nice to make something beautiful out of something that was going to be burned or thrown away. I looked at your projects and you are getting a nice collection of bowls.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 09:35 AM

Thanks a lot guys.
@Les B – thanks for suggestions. Until now I didn’t use paper bags. I will definitely try with the next bowl. And I started drying out when the bowl was finished turning, because thin walls of the bowl does not crack, but instead the bowl change his shape. I will try your suggestions for a perfect round bowl. Tahnks again.

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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