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Got a apple tree today and milled some of it

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    motolife313 ArboristSite Operative

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    looks like it’s been down a while becuase the bark falls off easy and bugs are in it. It’s mostly fire wood for cooking but I did save the trunk and cut it in half. Luckily I bought a metal detector this week and found a strong signal that there’s metal in here so I had to trim it a little. D21ED9A1-75FB-4506-B0B9-EEF74AB7035E.jpeg That’s my new 171 I bought this year. First saw I bought new and I really like it besides seems to be running little lean feels like since it’s cold and the fuel is maxed out F1C2172E-C05D-4F4F-8738-152290033FF4.jpeg didnt take it all yet because I wasn’t stoked about the bugs since I use this wood fir cooking. I’m going back tomorrow tho if it’s not snowing to bad B7C69FBB-80F7-4DE4-933E-B89C1BB59D3D.jpeg the signal was right under the knot on the right. This tool is very handy for 40$ after coupon 74922A62-96E0-4BA2-B71B-AF6A5CF7B3B7.jpeg it’s super hard wood. I tried to split the piece I cut off and only got 1 chunk off. Very hard and curvey where I cut it because it grew into 3 branches right there
     
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    70B6832B-4A84-468E-B40A-629BD08B2F1A.jpeg DB8B82BC-E909-405F-9955-12D07DBB3595.jpeg 8087154E-8B8C-4BB2-B0A0-347B5FA6DAC0.jpeg 5A40D687-9F07-4A00-A2F1-ABAD7F8C3268.jpeg This is the cut off with the metal inside I was looking for but can split it. I’m gona sharpen the mall
     
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    Did some Cedar cookies today also 6BE4D03D-14E3-4A51-A2A0-5244373BBB10.jpeg 56E682B3-15E6-4FFA-8464-1C6E1F0345BD.jpeg 66E4BE6F-19FF-4832-A3D4-1D52A9FBDB3A.jpeg 79AA8EC2-CCB4-4FA2-8AC8-74FD5E4EC5C0.jpeg
     
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    Well i new it was a bad idea to bring them in the warm house after being in the freezing weather and my theory was right. I put glue on 1 side last night and seen a couple of huge new cracks. The glue doesn’t work in the garage when it’s this cold tho so I was gambling. 3487F507-7D79-4A02-A4F2-5C06937515AD.jpeg E2319657-FBAD-4E75-B23D-2BDDD68309CB.jpeg
     
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    Apple is really nice for tool handles or kitchen implements - it has a wonderful tactile feel to it.
     
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    That cedar sure is pretty.
     
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    Im planning them and sanding them down. Selling 13 to a guy for 6$ a piece. Little cheap for sure but he bought one of my plum slabs. Going to try and crack that tough apple cluster round with a custom maul im building. It’s going to be about 25 pounds + 582C013C-6909-46E0-8BB4-A54D4388451A.jpeg CAEC2991-B75A-4B5E-B493-218D6CC833C0.jpeg
     
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    Use edge seal on the slabs, dry in an outside shed with no heat. I re-apply edge seal every month. Takes years for a good drying.
     
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    just apply to sides and end also?
     
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    Ends. This is where the majority of the moisture exits due to the grain structure. Think capillaries. You want the moisture to slowly exit the sides.

    We cure gunstocks this way.
     
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    oh yeah you use anchor seal too?
     
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    Yep. Buy it by the gallon from Amazon.

    A moisture meter is handy. I live in a wet marine environment, 11 to 12 percent is as low as the wood cures. Kiln drying will destroy a nice gun stock blank.

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    Anchor Seal only on the ends, not on the sides or edges.

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    Does that moisture meter have prongs? Mine only gets the outside reading on the wood I think. So I’m not sure what my slabs are in the middle. Same here for me. Seems 10-16 percent is what my outdoor wood splits cure to also. I’ve got a feeling this apple wood is dry now becuase The tree was on the ground couple years and seems light weight. My cut offs weight almost nothing.
     
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    Yep two prongs. And you can buy a set of long prongs that you drive in with a hammer.

    I bought a walnut blank a few years ago from Idaho. It was 4 per cent when I measured it! Pretty dry in the summer there.
     
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    How long do you let your slabs dry for? Walnut doesn’t seem very hard tho so maybe it dries faster then say oak or apple?
     
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    Blanks shown in the photos have been air curing since 1994, tucked away in the barn loft. Took about 4 years to get them down to acceptable gunstock levels. The longer cure time the better the blanks are as to stability. I have way too many, finally have a potential buyer.
     
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    25 pounds is heavy. Below are some of my mauls:

    Left, a 6 pounder. Next, it is marked 8 but weighs 10 pounds. Then a 12 pound "Monster maul" I bought from Bailey's about 25 years ago. Handle is too short. Then a 18 pounder I made, handle is also too short. Last is a 20 pounder. Handle is the correct length. Note the larger short section of heavy pipe to reinforce the handle. The 20 pounder is about all I can handle for a few splits, I only use for a real tough piece of wood. Both the 18 and the 20 pounder have solid heads.

    If I have a piece too knarly and knotty to split, I noodle split it with the chainsaw.

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    Nice collection! I have a pile of stuff for the chainsaw
     
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    Got a few more, used to have tons of firewood tools. But as I age I give more and more to the son in law. He is an active logger, has a small farm, heats with wood, runs chainsaws, drops big trees in the Coast Range and all the good stuff we all want to do. And he & my daughter are avid horse owners, have a pack string including mules and spend time in the High Country above the Snake River Elk hunting every year. More stuff we want to do!!

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    I bet that smelt nice while you were working
     

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