American Elm acquisition

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Project by BarryW posted 10-03-2008 10:01 PM 2331 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maybe you don’t think it’s a project to get wood for future projects. It is to me considering how slowly things move around here. Recently, a friend called with an elm tree trunk that was coming down in a neighborhood in town. They were going to get a crane and everything since the guy built his garage roof around the trunk. Hmmm. Anyway, the crane picked up the trunk and put it into my trailer and I hauled it to a sawyer friend who bandsawed it up into about 25 planks of varying size…mostly 10 footers of 5/4 and 8/4. And some 4 footers of 5/4/ and 8/4. And a few odds and ends. Here’s this completed project…to be dry in about 2 1/2 years. Oh and the maple tree 8/4 flitches I have out back? Yeah, tested 8 per cent the other day…it’s ready. Anyway, here’s a few pictures of the elm.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#1 posted 10-03-2008 10:24 PM

Very nice looking wood…. Just have to be patient I guess!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 10-03-2008 10:41 PM

thats some very nice wood! really hard to get elm these days!

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#3 posted 10-04-2008 02:16 AM

Amazing. I thought elm lumber this size was a thing of the past. Congratulations. bbqKing.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#4 posted 10-04-2008 03:28 PM

nice score!
I’ll be looking forward to seeing what it all becomes.

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#5 posted 10-04-2008 05:36 PM

Hi Barry,

In case you’re wondering what a table might look like from elm, you can check out my dining room table.

Elm is nice when finished, but kinda stinky to work with, and the interlocking grain can be challenging. However, with some patience, it can look really nice.



-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#6 posted 01-31-2009 08:23 AM

This can be some beautiful wood. Had 2 trees on my parents property that were storm damaged and needed to come down and i had it cut into lumber. the grain around the crotches especially are very nice, should make some very nice projects.

-- C...

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