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Forum topic by docspencer posted 516 days ago 559 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I cut down a slippery elm this winter and was thinking about having it sliced into lumber. Has anyone worked with it? I hear it can be tricky – interlocking grain and all.

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#1 posted 516 days ago

From the pictures of it, it looks like American Elm. With that said it can be a very beautiful wood. My recommendation would be to slab it thick initially to dry. 2-3 inches thick. When dry then resaw it to thinner widths. In my experience if you cut it too thin when it is green it’s nearly impossible to keep it from warping.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 516 days ago

Just looking at the end of the logs it looks pretty nice. Thanks for the tip. The logs aren’t very large so this is more of an experiment. Thanks for the tip – now to see how much it’ll cost to have it sliced up.

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#3 posted 516 days ago

When you sticker the lumber to dry, space the stickers on 16” centers. Put the best stuff on the bottom so the weight of the poorer stuff will work for you.

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#4 posted 516 days ago

band the pile with tie straps coincident with the stickers. tighten the straps occasionally and weight it down heavily. You can cover the top with a sheet of plywood with a 2×4 perimiter (like a low sandbox) over a last row of stickers and use loose sand If you saw it 4/4 I would sticker it closer to 10 inches. cover it with some old cardboard, that will help it dry a little more uniformly than letting the air blow through it. As Monte has said it is squirley to keep flat. quarter sawing helps too.

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#5 posted 510 days ago

Quick update – I’m wondering if I might be able to slice the smaller diameter logs up myself. Chainsaw? Recip? Circular? Am I crazy?

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