Mine too....it's prone to movement, and it fuzzes pretty easily on crosscuts even with sharp blades....warning - that "fuzz" can be pretty darn stiff, and can draw blood if you try to wipe it away with your hands...it's more like a serrated knife! :thumbdown: I did find that it's reasonably stable if you let it acclimate well, dimension it slightly oversized, then let it acclimate for another day or two before cutting to final dimensions. Well worth the effort IMO. :thumbsup:Pretty stuff but my experience (though very little) is that elm is hard to work with.
I hear that,wonder if there is some type of finish that will bring those colors back,or some process,etc.My experience with elm is that it's beautiful & colorful when fresh off the mill, but turns gray when dry, and doesn't get the color back. A dull, faint rusty color is as bright as I have ever seen dry elm.
Not that I know of. I cut a big piss-elm once that had the most vivid red/orange heartwood. If I didn't know it was elm, i'd have thought it was some exotic rosewood. Within days it was gray, and never had color again. Same thing with siberian elm. Some I cut is chocolate brown like walnut, but within days it turns gray & stays that way.I hear that,wonder if there is some type of finish that will bring those colors back,or some process,etc.
Unfortunately, that's as colorful as dry elm will be. Don't get me wrong. That is beautiful wood you have there, but I would bet it was tremendously more colorful than that when it was fresh off the mill.I did a sit down bench out of elm- seems like plenty of color.