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Old 03-16-2009, 03:13 PM   #1
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Question Anoyone worked with Elm before?

A local carpenter is building a kind of fireplace surround for a house using Elm. It's going to be raw timber with the bark left on the edges. Around 16 feet long (wall to wall) with two horizontal shelves and some upright sections for support along the base to the first shelf and from the first shelf to the mantle. Also an opening for a small electric fire in the center. It'll be around a foot wide but variable because of the shape of the wood. I'll probably be graining the wall behind it to match.

I've never worked with Elm before so my question is, has anyone had any problems with Elm? Is it resinous? It looks to be very dry just now but I'm wondering if there's any perculiarities that I should know about like acidity or sap problems that might affect the finish. I'm intending to use a clear flat wax on it.

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Elm and ash are almost the same wood. No real problems with elm. Takes stain well and finishes beautifully.
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Cool. It doesn't look like an oily wood but I just want to be on the safe side. This is the first time I've come across Elm to work with. The reason could be because we lost most of them to Dutch Elm desease in the 60's so it isn't very common here.
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I tried working with elm but most of the time he wanted to sleep late.
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I tried working with elm but most of the time he wanted to sleep late.
They seem to promote a lot of sleep where he lives. There's pyjama shops all over the road he lives on. Since that guy Freddy became Mayor they sell nothing but nightware on Elm's street.
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