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Elm – Red

Ulmus rubra
Also known as |
Red Elm|Slippery Elm|Soft Elm
Elm - Red Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Once a great American utility-wood stable, obtaining long boards of American Elm, presently, can prove to be a most difficult task. Elm’s heartwood colors range from a muted tan, to light to medium reddish brown. Its sapwood is easy to distinguish, being considerably paler in color. Recommended applications are those of a utilitarian nature, and preferably indoors; the wood has proven itself to be decidedly “non-durable,” and is known to possess poor dimensional stability. Its grains are typically interlocked and its texture is coarse. Although it glues, stains and finishes well, its diffult grains and texture makes resawing a difficult chore, with tearout not uncommon.

Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

The story with this wood is that its trees used to be among the most populated and frequently seen throughout North America. In times past, this medium-density wood was a heavily-used utility wood and was a staple in the paper / pulp industry ... then Dutch Elm Disease showed up, and its numbers have been decimated since continually gathering steam. Across the midwest, from the 1950's through the '70's, the population of Elms was decimated. By the late '80's, both Canada' and the US's Elms were, numerically, not far from extinction.

To its credit, the species has managed to not only survive, but maintain some longevity -- due to its early seed-bearing tendencies, and quick rate of growth. Despite successfully enduring, the average life span of an Elm tree has been greatly foreshortened; very few trees survive long enough to reach full maturity.

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupPink
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF3.2
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3600
    Janka Hardness - LBF860
    Janka Hardness - N3830
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    Elm

    Checks at the top

    ELM1060
    33.75 × 6.69 × 1 in

    Checks at the top

    $14.08

    Elm

    Checks at the top

    ELM1060
    33.75 × 6.69 × 1 in

    $14.08

    Elm
    ELM1060
    33.75 × 6.69 × 1 in

    $14.08

    Elm

    Defect on the side

    ELM1059
    32.63 × 6.69 × 1 in

    Defect on the side

    $13.61

    Elm

    Defect on the side

    ELM1059
    32.63 × 6.69 × 1 in

    $13.61

    Elm
    ELM1059
    32.63 × 6.69 × 1 in

    $13.61

    Elm

    Knots

    ELM1055
    29.75 × 4.38 × 1 in

    Knots

    Elm

    Knots

    ELM1055
    29.75 × 4.38 × 1 in
    Elm
    ELM1055
    29.75 × 4.38 × 1 in

    $7.39

    Elm

    Wormholes

    ELM1053
    45.25 × 4.69 × 1 in

    Wormholes

    $13.23

    Elm

    Wormholes

    ELM1053
    45.25 × 4.69 × 1 in

    $13.23

    Elm
    ELM1053
    45.25 × 4.69 × 1 in

    $13.23

    Elm

    Large Knot

    ELM1050
    48.25 × 4.81 × 1.06 in

    Large Knot

    $14.47

    Elm

    Large Knot

    ELM1050
    48.25 × 4.81 × 1.06 in

    $14.47

    Elm
    ELM1050
    48.25 × 4.81 × 1.06 in

    $14.47

    Elm

    Checks, Knots

    ELM1049
    44.63 × 4.81 × 1 in

    Checks, Knots

    $13.38

    Elm

    Checks, Knots

    ELM1049
    44.63 × 4.81 × 1 in

    $13.38

    Elm
    ELM1049
    44.63 × 4.81 × 1 in

    $13.38

    Elm
    Bow, Knot, Checks
    ELM1035
    65.19 × 6.25 × 0.94 in

    Bow, Knot, Checks

    $23.09

    Elm
    Bow, Knot, Checks
    ELM1035
    65.19 × 6.25 × 0.94 in

    $23.09

    Elm
    ELM1035
    65.19 × 6.25 × 0.94 in

    $23.09

    20 BF – Elm

    20 BF Elm - 1 Common project pack

    Lengths: 48"-92" (last piece might be shorter to balance bd.ft total) Widths: 4" and wider Thickness: 4/4 nominalWe S2S by default - surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4" less than nominal thickness. You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.Note: Lead time is 3 working days. Ships free via UPS/USPS.
    PROJELM1001
    48 × 4 × 1 in

    20 BF Elm – 1 Common project pack

    Lengths: 48″-92″ (last piece might be shorter to balance bd.ft total)
    Widths: 4″ and wider
    Thickness: 4/4 nominal

    We S2S by default – surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4″ less than nominal thickness.
    You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.

    Note:
    Lead time is 3 working days.
    Ships free via UPS/USPS.

    $214.00

    20 BF – Elm

    20 BF Elm - 1 Common project pack

    Lengths: 48"-92" (last piece might be shorter to balance bd.ft total) Widths: 4" and wider Thickness: 4/4 nominalWe S2S by default - surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4" less than nominal thickness. You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.Note: Lead time is 3 working days. Ships free via UPS/USPS.
    PROJELM1001
    48 × 4 × 1 in

    $214.00

    20 BF – Elm
    PROJELM1001
    48 × 4 × 1 in

    $214.00

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    This South American species is closely related to the domestic Osage Orange.  The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects.  It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

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    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

    Common Uses:
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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central America wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
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    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
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    Birch - Yellow

    Heartwood can vary from pale yellow to a light, muted reddish brown; sapwood is grayish-white. There are many species of Birch, worldwide; it is one of the most popular woods, ironically, for both veneer and utility applications. Figured pieces are the more desirable for veneer, with wide, dramatic curly figuring (similar to Cherry) decorating the surface.

    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

    Common Uses:
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    Considered to be the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Red Alder has long been used in the region for furniture and cabinetry production — as well as being a popular choice for electric guitar bodies dating back to when the instrument first went into mass production, in the 1950’s. Ranging in color from a light tan to reddish brown, Alder has a soft, lightweight stature — which makes the wood very easy to work, and it finishes and glues well.

    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

    Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

    Common Uses:
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