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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

-- 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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#9 posted 10-23-2016 12:15 AM

Thanks for all of the help, guys : )
Craftsman, yes American Elm. Sorry, I don’t know why I abbreviated it.
Hi, Don…that’s where I got mine from ! I had seen a beautiful dinner table and chairs made from it and wanted to get a hold of some to play with. The dining set had been stained dark and then sanded and then finished and it brought out all of the highlights and “feathering” in the grain. I couldn’t capture the beauty with my camera though : (
Hi, Monte…Thanks for responding. Your Elm projects are awesome !
Hi, Andy…thanks for the input and your box looks awesome : )
Hello, Karson..thanks for the lead…I will try to contact Zipsss
Hi Bill…I am looking forward to duplicating the color of a dining set that I saw for sale up in Keene last year. : )

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