Elm Wardrobe

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Project by Russs posted 08-30-2009 10:32 AM 1888 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Your either going to love or hate this.

It was made for an architect, he also did the design and took me alot longer than I planned.

The elm was seasoned for over 20 years which I sourced from a farm, had alot of waste due to the wood laminating but finally made it in the end…..

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#1 posted 08-30-2009 02:13 PM

Very interesting looking, I have only turned elm, it is beautiful but difficult to work ( turning at least) due to interlocking grain. It is impossible to split for the same reason. How was working it for this project? How does it react to the planes ( hand and power )? Any other pictures? Whats on the inside? I have decided it is a very nice peice, I like it. I love the 3D effect elm gives you with the endgrain.
Great Job!

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 08-30-2009 03:13 PM

Very nice Russ.

-- Powered by Smith & Wilson~~~

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#3 posted 08-30-2009 05:09 PM

Interesting. Why didn’t you keep the grain running across the drawer fronts?

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#4 posted 08-30-2009 05:11 PM

Simplistic but cool design very nice.

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#5 posted 08-30-2009 05:54 PM

I agree with Julian. If the grain ran continuous across the piece it would look more professional and better thought out. But at least you gave us the option to hate it….lol

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 08-30-2009 07:41 PM

Julian & kolwdwrkr- The idea was to mix-up the grain to give a random effect. Bit of a talking-point I suppose!!

Andrew- Planing was a pain as most of the boards sustained tear and machining was rather like a ‘Lucky-dip’ but lets face it, elm is worth the effort…


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#7 posted 08-30-2009 08:59 PM

Can’t argue with that… but the client decided the layout of the sections….

Thanks for the criticism… Noted!

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#8 posted 08-31-2009 12:52 AM

Russ, Very nice looking chest, but will have to agree with bentlyj. Think the architect called it wrong on that one. You did a great job, but he (the architect) could use some help. lol. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing. Look forward to seeing more of “your” work.

-- John @

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#9 posted 09-01-2009 11:40 PM


Bless your heart for working with elm. The only time I tried it was with a knife block in which I alternated the elm with walnut. I feel your plane pain as well since the small pieces defied any attempt to make the surface smooth. My decision is to never work with elm again – just too frustrating!

-- Tim, New York

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