Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
The only problem that i see is that the BORG pine varies all over the place in moisture content. And the sap varies from nonexistent to "I don't want to pick up that stuff".
I think if it were me, I would use 1/4" baltic birch (25 square feet per sheet and probably 2 boxes per sheet.) as you can pick up a sheet by pinching it with your fingers. And then get some good KD 2x4 from Lowe's. Out here they are "white wood" rather dry and light. Rip the 2x4 to reinforce the corner joints of your apple boxes. (3/4 x 3/4) Seems like you could get the box weight down to 10 pounds or so.
But the big question... Apple boxes says to me, out in the fields, poor treatment, wet environment... Baltic birch ain't going to stand up to the weather very well.
Another consideration...Take the KD 2x4 and slice it up to make the boxes. Off of each edge, cut 1/4", yielding 2 pieces 1 1/2 by 1/4. Then cut 2 more 1/4 pieces off of each face, yielding 2 pieces 2 3/4 by 1/4 and one piece 3/4 x 2 3/4. Five of these 3/4 x 2 3/4 pieces glued together would give you the ends of a nice deep box almost 14" deep. The 1/4 pieces cut off would give the bottom and sides. The advantage of these cuts is that the wood would be smooth enough for gluing and making apple crates. As a bonus, all of these cuts could be made with a 10" table saw.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.