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Project by woodrookieII posted 03-19-2015 06:09 PM 1598 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Late summer of last year I inherited some elm. Let it lay in the shop for a couple months to let it get used to it’s new surroundings. Then ripped it and glued it and planed it and let it lay in the shop for a couple more months. Not enough to make a keel for boat, nor enough for a longbow as in olden days, I decided a box would be nice (no, not near enough for a coffin).

With between 30-40 types of elm, I have no idea which this is. It’s grey’ish and white’ish. Likes to feather. Has a sort of shimmer, or as fellow LBJ’r yanok describes it: chatoyance. Soft, for the most part.

So, made this box. One coat of Amish OCS-225 Mission Maple for the color, and wow! What grain character! First coat of tung oil I wiped off as usual and let dry. Rubbed the entire box with 0000 steel wool to remove the rogue feathers. Second coat of tung oil I wiped of as usual and let dry. Hah! No feathers this time. Third coat of tung oil I just left it on with the resultant glossy finish.

The grain is just remarkable.

.....rookieII





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#1 posted 03-19-2015 06:12 PM

That’s beautiful! It looks just right – like something old, not like you just made it.

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#2 posted 03-19-2015 07:19 PM

Great box – beautiful wood. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#3 posted 03-19-2015 08:22 PM

I’m not normally a big fan of stains; I prefer to let the wood ‘speak for itself’. However, THIS did indeed work and work beautifully! I may have to re-assess my thinking. Very nice box!

-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein

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#4 posted 03-19-2015 08:31 PM

Nice work. Well done !

I’m another fellow LJ. Here’s my “Chatoyance” posted a month ago

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/132857

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 03-19-2015 08:45 PM

Please accept my apologies kdc68. I had not checked for a similar named project. (this is embarrassing)

Very nice box by the way. That redwood burl is marvelous!

.....rookieII

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#6 posted 03-19-2015 08:55 PM

No apology necessary !..... It’s often difficult to convey my sense of humor.

Two things that caught my eye when scanning projects today…(1) your beautiful box and of course (2) the name.

You brought out the chatoyance in that elm. Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 03-19-2015 09:36 PM

I cut a lot of elm but never thought about staining it until I saw this. WOW! I’m not familiar with that stain you used but I’ll experiment with some MinWax that I have.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 03-19-2015 10:19 PM

Thanks kdc68 for your understanding and congrats on the Top 3!!

gfadvm – Seems each Amish “settlement” has their own interpretation of what you and I would think should be a common stain. So OCS-225 Mission Maple actually means “Ohio Certified Stain”, which is different from an Indiana certified stain and so on.

I found the fella that makes the stain for the Amish folks here by beating the backroads down in Amish country until I found his little shop. He reluctantly agreed to make me up a batch. It’s my favorite stain now and has been for a couple of years.

....rookieII

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#9 posted 03-19-2015 10:22 PM

Thanks for the reply. Never heard of “certified stains” before.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 03-20-2015 12:56 AM

This execution is FANTASTIC for the wood!
I want to make “anything” that will show this well!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#11 posted 03-20-2015 03:11 PM

Not that many elms to worry about. If you’re in the US I would suspect red elm (Ulmus rubra) and that’s what it looks like to me. Other options would be winged elm (Ulmus alata) or rock elm (Ulmus thomasii). Of those I would lean more towards the rock elm. I ruled out American elm because of the grain pattern.

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#12 posted 03-20-2015 08:13 PM

Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

-- "I have learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat them exactly" — Peter Cook

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