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A friend gave me some apple wood from a tree he felled.
How long do I have to seal it or chunk it up into blanks?
I know sooner is better but I have a hand that looks like this.

I have surgery to repair it in two days. Will this be wasted if it sits for two weeks after cutting?
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I think your hand is more important than the wood. Let it crack if it's going to or enlist some help. If you have a cool damp place to keep it you would have longer to get it sealed.
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True Steve,
The wood was free but the hand pays the bills.
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Apple will start to check quickly. Seal it up as soon as you can. It turns really nice. Bummer about the hand. At least you know where to go to get some rehab

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Yes rehab will not be a problem. I am looking forward to some turning as I haven't ever done apple before
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I've never had much success with apple wood. Too bad since I'm surrounded by apple orchards. I've had some good results with peach and apricot. The little guy on the left is peach wood.

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Very cool Bret. Someone gave me some pear and peach once but it was powder dry and to full of cracks to be any good. I'll have to watch for some more of that
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I've never had much success with apple wood. Too bad since I'm surrounded by apple orchards. I've had some good results with peach and apricot. The little guy on the left is peach wood.

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Not tried either of them. Lemmon comes up nice though. Would be keen to see what apple looks like.

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Not tried either of them. Lemmon comes up nice though. Would be keen to see what apple looks like.

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I wondered the same thing. I knew the apple tree and alder were related species so I expected them to look similar. This is apple wood. What do you think?
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I wondered the same thing. I knew the apple tree and alder were related species so I expected them to look similar. This is apple wood. What do you think?
That looks nice, now I'll have to drive round town looking for apple trees.

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Sometimes that free wood isn't exactly free. You'll get some end checking, but you have nice long pieces so you can probably cut off the checked ends and be ok. If you can, sealing it would be best. Take care of the hand first though. No sense in making the healing process any harder just to get some nice wood.
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Hand is now taken care of
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Good to know your finger is well on its way to being a single finger again.
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