Was given a four foot, 5 inch wide board of pear wood.
A sawyer error produce a nice double wave on one face
due to a bandsaw mill blade losing tension during a cut.
One edge was fairly straight, the other with a nice curve
in it The thickness varies from about 3/4” to maybe
1 1/2” and this rippled board is going to make an
interesting jewelry box.
But first I had to get one edge straight. Clamped it in the
shoulder vise, the other end held up on a peg in the front
face of the bench. Got out the #7 and made the first pass
on the semi-straight edge.
Hmmm - this stuff planes nice.
Second pass - curlies that look more like light brown paper
rather than wood - no visible grain. And the planed surfaces
were almost glass smooth - with no discernable grain. Very
Did a little ROS sanding on the “waves” face and then
went at it with a scraper. Again it was like scraping
paper, no grain feel at all. And again, a nice shiny surface.
This stuff loves hand tools!
When you think fruitwood it's cherry that comes to
mind. But pear is wonderful and I'm now looking
for some apple wood. Wonder what prune wood is
If you can lay your hands on some pear wood - try
it. You'll like it.