Apple Wood Mega Tree - FREE!

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  1. Buzz Benton

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    My buddy, that's him there, has a new mill, a nice 36" wide one, and when I saw a Craigslist Ad for a "Free Apple Tree" I sent it to him. The limbs (in the ad photo) looked about 8 or 10" thick - so no problem, right?

    Here's what we found: a century old apple tree some 32" at the base, with three humongous limbs each at (perhaps) 18" in Diameter and about 12' tall. Now, maybe this happens to you all the time, but it was, by far, the biggest Apple tree I'd ever seen, much less harvested. Here in Oregon, on a river bank.
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    It took everything we had, and I do mean everything, to get this all loaded.
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    And yes, while I am ashamed of my back cut - a bit under-gunned with a 25" bar and some obstacles to avoid, the picture does nicely show there was some cool spalting (and some plain rot), still - I think he's going to be thrilled with some of the slabs he gets - hope so anyway! The rest - all burns. Right? Take care Friends!
     
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    I have processed hundreds of apple trees, milled a bunch too. The stuff really twists like a pretzel when it dries. Tell him to ratchet strap and top weight (heavily).

    Shame about the rot. I don't think you'll see a tree from about 40/45 years and older without some.

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    Some of the oldest in my area are only know to be about 50. The orchard owners typically doze and replant by then. DSC00906.JPG
     
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    Sure can produce some pretty color.
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  4. Buzz Benton

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    Thank you, Wood Wolverine! That was very nice to offer advice, and some really cool photos! Atta Boy!
     
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    That is a one big apple tree. Never seen one that old or that big. Show some pics when you get it milled.
     
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    Those slabs almost look like red cedar. I had no idea apple was/can be that color.
     
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    Beautiful wood, great job saving it from fire/smoking wood.
     
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    Here are some photos of the first milled wood from the above Apple tree. These came from some of the "firewood" pieces, the main logs have not been milled yet.
    Honestly we are both stunned by the depth of colors and spalting pattern.
    This wood is very solid, and currently at over 30% moisture content.
    The ends of the big logs have been sealed.
    This tree was still alive when felled.
    So what do you think?
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    Beautiful. What plans do you have for it after it dries?
     
  10. Buzz Benton

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    This tree is entirely my friends - I didn't ask for any wood, and while he gave me a pretty piece I have no plans for it.
    Most isn't even sliced yet. I'm guessing he will use it for many projects though. I found the ad, ended up falling it and helping load it up, and that was my extent of it. Sorry, I know that's not much of an answer.
     
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    Thanks for answering. Would love to see what eventually becomes of it.
     
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    I wood also.. gorgeous grain and color!
     
  13. Eric Schamell

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    Back in the spring I took down a large apple tree. Before I mangled the whole thing up for firewood I called a former coworker to see if he wanted to bring his wood mizer down to slab out some boards from a large straight trunk section. He passed on the opportunity, saying apple wood contains too much stress that's released from cutting and it cracks, that it's better to save some crotch sections for wood turning. Fair enough. I took the tree down, got curious and ended up running a couple smaller pieces through a band saw myself just to see what would happen. Within a week, the wood had done just that. I had a roughly 1 x 3 x 12 inch board warp over a half inch, plus twist another half inch lengthwise and develop huge stress cracks in it. Is there a trick to curing apple wood slowly to render decent lumber??? (I have no experience milling lumber, just a budding curiosity about it.)
     
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    That's why I mentioned it above. Heavy top weighting, ratchet strapping.. both what I wish I did to mine. I did place them in a very shaded area, where they get very little to no sun and it's between my stack and my garage so the airflow is blocked from wind. With a bunch of cinder block on top, they still twisted like a pretzel.
     
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    Sounds like a major headache. Beautiful wood, no doubt. Probably have to start with slabs triple the thickness of what you want your finished boards to be. Cure them slowly and plane them down to size after they've dried and stopped warping. At least that's what my metal worker mentality tells me :)
     
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