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Forum topic by JimWhip posted 05-05-2016 10:10 PM 463 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2016 10:10 PM

Does anyone have any experience working with “Plum Wood?” We’ve had a wind storm go through Northern Utah here and a large fruitless plum tree went down. I’d like to know if the truck (the wood) is good for making things out off? I’m assuming I’d have to seal the ends and let it sit for a year to dry out. What would be best to use to seal the ends?

Thanks guys for your help.


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#1 posted 05-06-2016 01:56 AM

I do a lot of vases with plum on the lathe… pens too.

Anchorseal the ends.

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#2 posted 05-06-2016 02:02 AM

Any fruit wood like plum is great for carving. A woo carver can even use small pieces of it.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#3 posted 05-06-2016 02:39 AM

Seal the ends and slab it as soon as possible. If you leave it in log form it will take forever to dry and it will be apt to develop cracks in the log when it does. 2” thick seems to be a good balance between what will stay straight and flat without checking (cracking), but the thickness will be a function of what you want to do with the wood. Stack it with stickers (1×2 slats) between layers and air dry it. If you are sure you want really thick pieces, like for turning, then cut thick slabs so that they don’t contain the pith (center of the tree).

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#4 posted 05-06-2016 05:05 PM

I have several cu ft of plum , when dry it can be used for any thing you like, think cherry wood , v similar, close grained takes an excellent polish, just used some for chisel handles ,
good stuff Chris

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