Elm or Sycmore Wood for Hand Tool Work

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Forum topic by andy6601 posted 12-27-2011 10:53 PM 1037 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2011 10:53 PM

I was wondering if anyone has used elm for for hand tool work and to make furniture with. I was talking a sawmill and they suggested it and also sycamore but I have not had a experince with either type and wanted to get some input from those more learned than I.

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#1 posted 12-28-2011 03:27 AM

I used some elm. It was stringy and working with it was a little weird, but no big issues. The edges on my tools did not degrade any more than normal. It was pretty hard wood, comparable to oak.

-- Mike

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 04:37 PM

I love both elm and sycamore. Especially if the sycamore is quartersawn. Here’s a scrap piece of elm that I made into a tea candle holder for our Christmas table.

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And here’s what the log looked like when I sawed it.

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I’m looking for more ugly logs that look like this one!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 05:24 PM

Hal, if I find one of those ugly fellers, I’ll …............wait. No I won’t. I’ll keep it.


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