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Jon439
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Lumber from a plum tree

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      I have a plum tree in my back yard that is leaning, the roots are starting to rot and I have decided that this will be it's final bearing season. The fruit yield has dropped off and as it has been in the ground for about 32 years, it's time to pull it. It has developed a very large burl at the base - about 20 inches wide, 18 inches tall and almost 30 inches long.

      Has anyone here on the forums had any experience with harvesting fruit woods? The branches are between 6 and 8 inches diameter, and the trunk is almost 10 inches diameter, but only about 3 feet long. Any suggestions would be helpful. I would like to use the wood rather than see it disappear into the fireplace.

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Jon

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Garry Mat
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Re: Lumber from a plum tree

I had the opportunity to make a simple clock from a plum tree cut off when I was in the service inWashington state. It surely was real pretty wood. If I remember right the wood had a reddish topurple color to it also like the fruit. I can't truly remember though. Good luck and give it a try. Youcan't loose nothing but time eh. :manwink:

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LOman
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Re: Lumber from a plum tree

Like Garry said, give it a try. Fruit trees do tend to be kind of squirrely and want to move a lot but if you treat it right while drying and take your time it should work out for you. Anyway, what's the difference if it's firewood now or maybe firewood after you had a chance to have fun with it? :smileyvery-happy:

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handyman john
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Re: Lumber from a plum tree

Stick mostly with the trunk and the very BASE of th branches as the rest will be quite reactionary. Try to make sure its 1/4sawn.

 

The thicker branches that can be dried also make good PEN turning blanks.

 

AND the final resting place for some of the wood can be in a SMOKER (yep cremate the wood) with ham or fish absorbing the smoke.

 

Fruit wood is good smoking wood, especially apple and plum.

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Marlen_at_WOOD
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Re: Lumber from a plum tree

Here are a couple of articles and a video here at WOOD Online that may be of assistance:

How to Find Pearls in Burls

How to Transform Found Wood into Usable Stock

free video: Resawing Found Wood

 

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Garry Mat
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Re: Lumber from a plum tree

How do you roll it in the paper to smoke it. LOL

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RussBoyd
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Re: Lumber from a plum tree

Like handyman said, pen blanks if nothing else. That is a lot of burl there that has got to find a new life. When you do it and cut it into boards, please show us a pic. I'm very interested in seeing what it looks like, expecially the burl.

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