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Project by lumberdustjohn posted 02-22-2010 07:38 PM 2176 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are the completed pictures from my last posting.
The Elm is amazing.
Built this with intensions of selling it.
My first dresser with inset drawers.
Brought it home from the finish shop Saturday.
The pictures are ok but the wood is so beautiful that I couldn’t sell it.
At least not yet.
This will probably end up in someones home with adoption papers :)

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 07:44 PM

Nice Figure in the Elm

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 07:47 PM

The grain is gorgeous. I didn’t know Elm could be this pretty. I think I would find a place for it at home also.

-- Rick

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 08:19 PM


Elm has to be one of the most under appreciated woods we have. It can be, and often is, stunningly beautiful. Yet, it is not a wood that quickly comes to mind when we think about beautiful domestic woods. I have a couple of pieces of book matched Siberian elm in my inventory that are waiting for the right project.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 08:20 PM

It is really gorgeous!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 02-22-2010 08:46 PM

Purchased at a local mill. Cost per board foot was under $2.00 about the same as Oak.
It cuts a little strange on the table saw, sort of,,, cob weby. Sanding also smells different.
Not sure why it isn’t used more.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 08:54 PM

John, this is gorgeous. I can well understand why you wanted to hang onto it. I have never had the opportunity to work with elm but I can certainly see what I have been missing.

How did you finish the dresser?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 08:56 PM

Would you all be quiet about Elm! You want the demand to go up so they jack the price up along with it?

Nice job on the errr…. a pine dresser….yes pine dresser…..everyone go out and buy pine, you don’t want Elm.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 02-23-2010 01:26 AM

Great looking dresser. I know what you mean about how hard it is to capture the beauty of some woods in a photo. Elm can have a chatoyance like a rosewood, really pretty. I just finished two little projects with some, a cutting board for my brother-in-law and a handle for a broken plastic roaster oven handle. If it didn’t make me itch, I would use it more…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 02-23-2010 02:13 AM

I <quietly> agree with ohwoodeye; mum is the word on elm. ssssssshhhhhhhh.

Beautiful dresser.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#10 posted 02-23-2010 02:27 AM

very nice john ,

very pleasant pheasant !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 02-23-2010 09:01 PM

Great looking figure in the wood. Great job on the construction. And a supurb finish.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#12 posted 02-23-2010 10:14 PM

I don’t like to stain wood , but that color is great…beautiful dresser and superb finish : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 04-16-2010 06:04 PM

Oh my! You are so right; I understand you not moving it out of the shop for a while. Sorry guys; now I’ll be looking for this wood! But we can keep it in the ‘family,’ can’t we?


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#14 posted 04-16-2010 06:13 PM

Oh boy, that is beautiful! I would have to keep it around at least until it was a teenager before allowing adoption. ;-) The finish really brought out the fantastic grain patterns.

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#15 posted 04-19-2010 01:25 PM

Elm price in my area just went past the price of Oak.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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