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09-25-2016 09:57 PM

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Does anyone have any experience working with Am. Elm? Specifically staining and finishing it.
Thank you in advance : )

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#1 posted 09-25-2016 10:09 PM

Are you indicating American elm? Gee, are there any left? Here in Maine they all died out from Dutch elm Disease maybe 40 years ago. Our main stree had a cathedral overhang of them on both sides of the street. As a kid I remember the 3 ft stumps cut flush with the sidewalks. Now of course they’re gone. Once and awhile someone finds one hiking. It will often make the news.

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#2 posted 09-25-2016 10:23 PM

I did pick up some American Elm from Forest Products in Greenfield last year. the end grain is great for end grain cutting boards. I have never stained it, but when I was at a craft show (Sturbridge Host) last year, there was a woodworker displaying his Elm wood tables, benches, etc and the stain he used turned the pieces into a very desirable piece of furniture. I remember commenting on how the stain made the grain stand out. I would just experiment with it.

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#3 posted 09-25-2016 10:35 PM

I saw a lot of American Elm. I get mass amounts from the tree service. If you go through my last few projects you can see some. I have used Black Walnut Danish Oil to color it and I think it looks great.

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#4 posted 09-26-2016 12:08 AM

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#5 posted 09-26-2016 03:43 AM

Zipsss cut down am elm tree in his yard about 5 years ago give him a post. He might be able to answer your questions.

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#6 posted 09-26-2016 11:25 AM

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

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#7 posted 09-26-2016 11:52 AM

Andy and Monte,


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#8 posted 09-27-2016 11:38 AM


From my experience the brown color of American elm is best left unstained. It’s a beautiful wood in its own right.

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