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We're gradually working our way to 1001 uses for apple wood.
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Probably the branches will not yield much that is usable. Branch wood is also somewhat unstable. The trunk is certainly worth salvaging. I use apple for making boxes so I start with lengths of 15 to 24 inches or so. I cut 1 inch widths using my band saw then air dry them for one to two years. Keep them well stickered with weight on top. Ends painted of course. Here is a box I finished a while back. The box is apple and the top is maple if I recall correctly.
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Again thanks for the tips on apple wood. I appreciate Charles's drying tips and possible project uses for the wood when it is ready, and Gary, your hybrid woods box is lovely. I presume that what I have learned in the last day is that the tree pieces must be slab sawed into actual boards to start the drying process, and to coat the ends with paint or wax. My original thinking was to let it dry as complete round stumps that were ~ 24-30" long, and then, after the appropriate drying time had elapsed, saw it into boards, or turning squares.
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Rick; the splits often (mostly) happen at the ends, so absolutely longer planks would be the way to go. Don't run them through your planer until you're actually ready to use them.
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Thanks for the drying advice Dan. I have a former coach house that I was planing to store the lumber in. It is no longer heated, but it will be dry from precipitation. In good weather I can get great air circulation by leaving doors/windows open. In fact when I do open them it can be like a small wind tunnel. I do not wish to store the lumber in the main house basement but I could, as I have the room to do so. The first step is to cut the tree down.
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Good luck, Rick! Sounds like you've got the perfect woodworker's man cave there.
Wifey won't let me do any tree cutting while the birdies are canoodling.
The Western Dogwood I had my eye on made a dramatic health recovery over the Winter so now that's on SWMBO's Do Not Touch list.
(I can't even prune the California Lilac 'cause the Hummers have set up housekeeping in it. )
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I have been interdicted from cutting lilac just today. Apparently it looks nice.


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Aaaaand the award for 'Perfect Planning' goes to John! Well done, John; you set a high standard for all of us slackers!! LOL!
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