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I have a neighbor, who I am not real close with, that told about a wood pile behind his house of elm. It was supposedly cut and stickered about five years ago. It has been partially uncovered for some of the past year or so. His interest in it isn't real high anymore. He offered it, but it wasn't clear if money was involved.

I don't seem many projects posted with elm and would like an opinion on what it may be best for and what it should not be used for. Elm isn't even one of the tags offered under wood.

Also, when I go to look at the wood, what should I be looking for?

Steve.
 

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There are different varieties of elm. I've made a couple of projects from "red" elm. I think the grain is insanely pretty, but it's not the easiest stuff to work with….it's a bit prone to movement, is stalky, and fuzzes a lot even with sharp premium cutters. Wiorth the effort IMHO!





 

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elm is probably one of the most under appreciated woods out there, it can fuzz when cutting so sharp tools are a must. like kindlingmaker said most people think its worthless and just burn it, bonus for us woodworkers! it also has some use in boat building due to its interlocking grain and some flexibility, not prone to breakage. its not rot resistant but most boats today are encapsulated in epoxy or resin anyway and this prevents rot. for furniture i think its beautifull and if flat sawn has great cathedral grain.
 

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I've been working with a little elm I picked up. I'm not sure of the exact variety, but it looks similar to what Scott posted. It is very pretty lumber. It reminds me of red oak in terms of grain, weight, and hardness.
 
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