I recently acquired two elm slabs. I’ll get a photo of them up here soon. I was wondering if anyone else has used elm for table tops and if so, how did it go and how did you finish it? I’ve never used elm…should do a blog, I guess.
I am currently working with Elm, but there are so many different trees, it is hard to predict how yours will act. I’d been warned it is ‘stringy’ and cross-grained, but haven’t found any of that in mine. I’ve seen beautiful cabinets and desk tops, finished to a honey-gold in elm. Sand up a sample piece and put a finish on it, so you can see what it will do. When I get further along, I’ll post a photo of what I’m making. It is a project just for me, and I keep getting stalled with other side jobs!
I have made a dining room table and several benches out of elm; it is a beautiful wood but prone to tear out; use a sharp, high angled plane! I used 7 coats of Minwax “tung oil” on the table; it gave a nice warm luster without being too glossy.