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Project by Ted posted 06-06-2015 08:10 PM 1298 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was getting some turning practice with a couple of pieces of American Elm I had stashed away, and these are the results. I just wiped a 2nd coat of BLO on them before taking the photo… not sure what the final finish will be.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 06-06-2015 08:13 PM

Very beautiful work. I still think elm is disregarded by too many woodworkers.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Ted

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#2 posted 06-06-2015 08:24 PM

So true, Monte. I just wish I had more of it and bigger pieces of it. I grabbed a couple of small logs (about 3’ by 12” diameter) when they were cutting down a tree. I also have a tiny burl that will become a pen someday.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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cdaniels

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#3 posted 06-06-2015 08:53 PM

elm is very hard to keep stable, I still have never gotten a bowl to stay together for more than 2 weeks after finishing it. it normally only stays together for a day in my neck of the woods.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#4 posted 06-06-2015 09:11 PM

Nice work Ted, there’s a bunch of character in that Elm…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 06-06-2015 09:37 PM

Good looking pieces, Ted!! That elm has a pretty grain!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 06-06-2015 09:42 PM

Very nice! If you just buff and wax them when the BLO dries they’ll look great.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Ted

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#7 posted 06-06-2015 10:43 PM

CD, thanks for the tip about elm being unstable. If these warp or crack, it’s no big deal…. wood was free and these were just for practice. Given what you say, I’ll probably avoid elm for making larger or more complex pieces.

Thanks Jeff, Jim, Charlie… I do like the look of the stuff.

Charlie, that’s a good idea. Wax it shall be.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 06-06-2015 11:43 PM

Ted, Those are very nice. I too feel elm is overlooked. I have just discovered that a light stain really brings out the detail in the twisted interlocking grain. My boxes and tables have behaved well with no cupping or twisting. But I know nothing about turning.

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

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#9 posted 06-06-2015 11:43 PM

Looks good, Ted, err Tedster, err Carlton!!!

Wax on…. Wax off….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 06-07-2015 12:34 AM

Beautiful work, Ted. Elm is a great wood.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Ted

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#11 posted 06-07-2015 12:50 AM

Thanks Andy, Randy, Chris.

Andy, I may have enough to make a small box. Maybe I’ll give it a shot and try that light staining.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 06-07-2015 01:10 AM

I’ve used several different stains but MinWax Gunstock and Cherry have worked well for my projects. Just wipe it on and keep wiping til it feels almost dry. Don’t let it sit for 15 minutes like the directions say.

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

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 06-07-2015 01:18 AM

A couple of nice play projects. Keep playing with that elm. That is some fine proud lumber at times.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 06-07-2015 01:27 AM

Very Nice!

-- Nick, Virginia, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NONICKSWOOD

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#15 posted 06-07-2015 07:51 AM

Man, the grain pops! Nice colors too.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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