Pear tree... now what? (Newbie request for advice)

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Forum topic by ajbeck posted 07-11-2016 05:49 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2016 05:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: new pear lumber ideas green question milling

My folks just cut down their pear tree. They were going to take it to there cabin for fire wood but I seized it and have brought it home. (I knew it was a hardwood that might make something beautiful.)

So now I have this 7’ trunk in my shop. It tapers from 7”-5” in diameter. And I don’t know what to do with it.

I can’t call myself a woodworker. I have built a set of stairs for my balcony and made some basic 4X4 cedar posts for a glass railing for the same balcony. I have a few tools (chops saw, circular saw, router, jig saw, multi-tool, etc.) and I would love to continue to work with wood. I found my first couple projects hugely satisfying and would like to do some more ‘finished’ work now.


What do I do with this tree truck to preserve the wood and prepare it for a project?


What can I do with this wood?

Thank-you for any help and guidance

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#1 posted 07-11-2016 11:45 AM

A log that small has a high proportion of juvenile wood in the core, and juvenile wood splits and cracks very bad in fruit trees like cherry and pear. You might be able to yield some small pieces for turning pens or small items like salt and pepper shakers. You might be able to get some thin boards off the outside for small boxes, trinkets, etc. On the whole, a log that small is very difficult to deal with and does not produce the best lumber or boards. Hope you can get something useful from it.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#2 posted 07-12-2016 06:58 PM

I had a similar find of beautiful wood. I cut down a decorative cherry tree in our backyard before I really knew anything about drying wood. Several years later I pulled one of the logs sliced it up on my bandsaw and got some truly beautiful pieces of wood out of it. If you can seal the ends of the logs with something to seal in the moisture so it dries slowly without too much cracking (I didn’t do this and will probably lose a lot of the wood to cracks but so far so good). if you can slab the wood to something approaching the size you may want to use it at (I still have my logs as full logs but cut off pieces when I have a project) it will help the drying process and make it somewhat easier to store than just raw logs. I make small boxes out of the pieces, I’ve posted one of them here as a project. As Danny said above these logs don’t yield big or numerous pieces but the ones I have recovered have been truly nice pieces of wood. It will be interesting to see what you recover!

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#3 posted 07-12-2016 08:43 PM

If it’s too small to be used for woodworking, it can be put to good use smoking meats and cheeses in a smoker.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#4 posted 07-14-2016 06:41 PM

5-7” is too big to dry as a log. It’ll never dry all the way through, fungus will discolor the wood, and bugs will eat it. If it ever does dry, it will split a lot.

Figure out what you’re going to do with it and cut it up as soon as you can. You’ll want a friend with a bandsaw. If you’re going to cut turning blanks you could conceivably cut it up with a handsaw, but that’s no fun.

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