Be like us and have a good cry then get over it. Come join the discussion about shop safety, wood, carpentry, lumber, finishing, tools, machinery, woodworking related topics, styles, scales, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more! i have/do have post's wherein there where no or limited responses though!! Elm's heartwood colors range from a muted tan, to light to medium reddish brown. Please keep posting updates on how your floor turns out. I first heard of red elm in the 1970s when I read a book about Rushton canoes of upstate New York. It coals up nicely and can last a long time. Look all the people who put red oak floors in their house don't even realize that IT is an unstable wood. A couple of times a year I would get a call from someone with an older chair who had a slat that needed to be replaced. Rushton had found that the wood worked well for steam-bending, that it was very strong, and quite light. But it was not until a year or two later in 1976—when I was working in a small riverboat town along the Missouri River— that I used some local red elm for chair parts. The wood of red elm is fairly easy to work. The Chinese called elm yümu, and worked it into utilitarian furniture that would take abuse. How's that for a response. The wood of red elm is fairly easy to work, it nails, screws and glues well, and can be sanded and stained to a good finish. Red Elm is $2 per board foot. Thought is, the reliefs will give it room to express itself without major shifting, the square nails would grip it far better and the sanding would give it the old Barn look. I have no problems at all drying it, don't even really put any extra effort into restraining it while drying. If you lived near the UP of Michigan (Crystal Falls) you could drop off a log 6" longer than the diameter, that would make a nice bowl. This is rough sawn lumber. So you get the good and bad with nearly every species. Call Pat or Tom today to discuss your Red Elm options at 1-877-983-6367. Scott I didn't mean my "no response" to mean that "no one" had responded I meant it as no one (directly) had indicated they had used it or knew of it being used for flooring! Rushton had found that the wood worked well for steam-bending, that it was very strong, and quite light. Red Elm lumber can have a grain that is straight, but often has a grain that is interlocking. The wood of the hard elms (sometimes referred to as rock elm) generally range from 41 to 47 lbs/ft 3, while soft elms typically have a density from 35 to 38 lbs/ft 3. Elm may be divided into two general classes, soft and hard, based on the weight and strength of the wood. Elm trees are commonly infected with Dutch elm disease, a fungal disease spread by elm bark beetles. Is Elm Wood Good For Furniture? Badger Hardwoods offers reasonable pricing on quality hardwoods. Red Elm. Flowers may be hidden behind the leaves of the elm if the tree has already produced leaves, so look closely before deciding whether a tree is an elm … Red elm is a medium density wood. Red Elm Lumber. DURABILITY: Rated as non-resistant to heartwood decay, and classed as permeable to preservatives. The lumber nails, screws and glues well. Well I dried it over the winter in a solar kiln with no real checking and minimal warpage, so I say go for it. It nails, screws, and glues well, and can be sanded and stained to a good finish. ... Wester Red Cedar is a very stable wood. Working Properties. Red Elm wood is known for having sapwood that is white to light brown in color and heartwood that has a reddish brown to dark brown color. It takes stain and clear very nicely. This wood is hard to find in the quality we need for our specialized purpose, but we hoard a small supply and save it to furnish the comfort and durability that we expect each of our chairs to provide. 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