"Elm"er has dinner

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 10-12-2015 09:16 PM 1664 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am trying to show customers that we can do more than Beetle Kill Pine furniture. Also that I can make items other than live edge. Expanding myself, so to speak.

The table is 48” in diameter and 31.5” tall. The top 1-1/4” thick. Made of American elm. I have found many people hate elm to work with. Yes it takes more work, but I still feel it’s beautiful wood. I have been getting a lot of elm trees this year to saw and gleefully take them all.

The chair is also American elm. The seat is 19” tall and 10° lean on the back. In the future I will not put as much lean on the back.

Thanks for reading and all comments and suggestions are welcome.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 10-12-2015 09:25 PM

Awesome Elm! Im totally into it man! I dig the chair back support. Sleek.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#2 posted 10-12-2015 09:48 PM


Your project just came up in my email. The table has a more conventional /lighter feel to it.

My thoughts on the chair are that it’s more of a match for your natural edge furniture? I know you have built bar stools before and the chair tends to remind me of them.

Chairs due to the many angles of the body are a bigger challenge than case goods or tables. I like the seat but I might opt for 7 degree slants in the back legs and similar slant for the angle of the average back side. LOL!

But if this is what the customer asked for I’d go with it as the customer knows what he/she wants.

How is your shop project coming?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 10-12-2015 09:57 PM

Im wondering what angles DocSavage uses on all the chairs he has built?

The work is sick Monte. I wouldnt change a thing!!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#4 posted 10-12-2015 10:07 PM

Each to his/her own self must be true. If this is the direction you choose to go, then more power to you, Monte. The table and chairs look great. I wish elm was as easy to come by where we live, too. I saw a bench in Bradley International Airport outside of Hartford, CT that was simply incredible!

BTW, I feel about cottonwood the same way you feel about elm…...not the easiest wood to work with, but really incredible projects come out of both woods (with some patience, of course).

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#5 posted 10-12-2015 10:27 PM

Dining at that table….
Sitting in those chairs….
Can only add to the whole dining/coffee klatch experience.
Great work, Monte!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 10-12-2015 11:38 PM

I enjoyed seeing your progress with this table, and it looks great! And great name for a table—Elmer!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 10-12-2015 11:47 PM

Hey Monte,

Nice job and I really like the center piece of the chair carrying all the way through up the seat to the backing.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#8 posted 10-12-2015 11:53 PM

You did this beautiful elm very proud! Now get to work on the rest of the chairs.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 10-12-2015 11:57 PM

That is absolutely beautiful. Love the chair design. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 10-13-2015 12:15 AM

Beautiful table and chair Monte. The finish on the top is perfect, not to glossy. I would have to sit in one of the chairs to have an opinion. Most of my swings and outside rockers I build with a 15 degree angled back but I’m pretty laid back. 10 degrees might be a bit much for dining but I bet it’s nice for a cup of coffee after a meal!!!!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#11 posted 10-13-2015 01:29 AM

Beautiful stuff, Monte. Any customer would be proud to own that beauty

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#12 posted 10-13-2015 01:54 AM

This is some great work. The Elm will be a big hit.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 10-13-2015 02:15 AM

Love the elm! . Looks great Mont, god work.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 10-13-2015 03:06 AM

Elmer is a great looking table, Monte! Been great watching it and the chairs come together. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 10-13-2015 04:48 AM

Monte, That’s beautiful, simply beautiful.

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