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07-02-2008 10:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: elm craigslist roughsawn

This is currently listed on CraigsList … Any thoughts?

Hello! I have some bone-dry rough sawn hardwood lumber from a tree here in my neighborhood that was on the old Chase Farm. About 16 years ago the tree was felled to make way for the subdivision; I got the biggest log and took it to a local saw mill where it was rough sawn into both 5/4 and 10/4 lumber for a project that never came to be.

By my calculations there are approximately 128 board feet here. It is all ready to go into any project you want—it is a light, open grain wood similar to ash or oak. The saw mill told me it was elm, though I’m not 100% certain of that; it doesn’t look like Chinese or Siberian Elm, and most American Elms were decimated. To me it the wood looks like white ash or white oak but I don’t believe it is that either from what I remember about the bark on the log. It was all dried indoors and has been indoors for 14 years! It’s all local! The tree was here in Novi, and the sawmill that cut it was on Taft at 11 Mile.

I think there are about 19 pieces; all of it is about 75” long. There’s a mix of about 17 pieces 5/4 from 8” wide to 16” wide. In the 10/4 there are 2 pieces, one about 18” wide and one about 15” wide.

It all looks to be in pretty good condition—no real warping, cupping or checking. Ends are a little rough because we didn’t cut them off to make them look pretty. Priced at a firm $175 which is about half the going rate for rough sawn elm and most of the most inexpensive hardwoods. Must take all of it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 07-02-2008 10:43 PM

With out knowing for sure what type of lumber he is selling, it might be a good deal. I have never worked with elm but read somewhere that its’ grain runs “wild” and therefore difficult to work with.

My quick calculations looks like about 150 bdft- so a little over $1 a bdft. Not bad

About the American Elm- we still have it here in south central Pennsylvania but it is becoming more and more scarce.


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#2 posted 07-02-2008 10:55 PM

Distance? Have to figure in gas costs.

If it helps, ask for pictures, most of those Craig’s list people will send pictures if you ask.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 07-03-2008 12:39 AM

To my understanding, the price looks pretty good. However, I know nothing about elm and it doesn’t seem to be too prevalent here on LJ, so I figured it was worth an ask. As for distance, he’s about 30 minutes away which is pretty close considering where many mills are around here.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 07-03-2008 12:46 AM

This is a good price for just about any lumber. There have been several gorgeous projects posted here that have been made from elm. Here are a few:

Hope this helps.

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#5 posted 07-03-2008 04:11 PM

That sounds like a “dive on it” sort of opportunity! You could make some nice chairs with a bunch of cheap 10/4…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#6 posted 07-03-2008 04:21 PM

Unless it looks like total garbage when you see it, I would jump all over it.

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

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#7 posted 07-03-2008 05:22 PM

Thanks for the response guys.

Scott, I did a search for elm and didn’t see any of those projects … Apparently I’m either going blind or just forgot how to read. Thanks for the links.

-- Working at Woodworking

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