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Wood Properties of Soft Elm

Soft Elm Alternative Name 1
American Elm

Soft Elm Alternative Name 2
Slippery Elm

Soft Elm Amount of Figure
High

Soft Elm Amount of Natural Luster
Medium

Soft Elm Availability of Wood
Plentiful

Soft Elm Available As Lumber
Yes

Soft Elm Available as Veneer
No

Soft Elm Available only in small sizes
No

Soft Elm Bending Strength
Moderate

Soft Elm Blunting of Tool Blades
Moderate

Soft Elm Botanical Name
Ulmus spp.

Soft Elm Carving
Good, easy to carve

Soft Elm Clear Finish or Varnish
Fair

Soft Elm Color of Wood
Red Brown

Soft Elm Contrast between growth rings
Diffuse Porous

Soft Elm Crushing Strength
Moderate

Soft Elm Decorative Figure
No

Soft Elm Density
Moderate

Soft Elm Drilling
Very good

Soft Elm Fill before Finishing
Requires a filler

Soft Elm Gluing
Good

Soft Elm Grain
Mostly Straight

Soft Elm Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Noticeable or Distinct growth ring

Soft Elm Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Faint growth ring stripe

Soft Elm Hand Tooling
Average

Soft Elm Hardness
Average

Soft Elm Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Soft Elm Harmful Properties
Noxious Odor

Soft Elm Interlocked Grain
No

Soft Elm Kiln-dried Shrinkage
High

Soft Elm Machine Tools
Average

Soft Elm Mortising
Good

Soft Elm Movement after drying
Moderate

Soft Elm Nail Holding
Good- Nails are fairly difficult to pull out

Soft Elm Nailing
Good - Seldom splits wood

Soft Elm Natural Durability
Non-durable

Soft Elm Number of Knots
Intermediate

Soft Elm Painting
Good

Soft Elm Planing
Average

Soft Elm Polishing
Good

Soft Elm Pounds per cubic foot maximum
37

Soft Elm Pounds per cubic foot minimum
35

Soft Elm Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Soft Elm Sanding
Fair or satisfactory

Soft Elm Sawing
Moderate cutting resistance

Soft Elm Screw Holding
Good - Fairly difficult to remove screws

Soft Elm Screwing
Good - Screwing seldom splits wood

Soft Elm Shaping
Rather difficult

Soft Elm Size of Knots
Intermediate

Soft Elm Size of Pores
Large Pores - Open grain

Soft Elm Specific Gravity
Moderate

Soft Elm Specific Gravity maximum
.5

Soft Elm Specific Gravity minimum
.5

Soft Elm Staining
Very good - Accepts a wide variety of types of stain

Soft Elm Steam Bending
Good

Soft Elm Stiffness
Moderate

Soft Elm Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Soft Elm Texture of the Wood
Coarse

Soft Elm Toughness
High

Soft Elm Turning
Fair to Average

Soft Elm Weight
Moderate

Soft Elm Wood Defects
Ring check, warp

Soft Elm Work Notes
Requires sharp tools

Soft Elm Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
YES

Soft Elm Use for Carving
YES

Soft Elm Use for Cooperage
no

Soft Elm Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Soft Elm Use for Flooring
no

Soft Elm Use for Furniture
YES

Soft Elm Use for Handles
no

Soft Elm Use for Heavy Construction
no

Soft Elm Use for Inlay
no

Soft Elm Use for Interior Finish
no

Soft Elm Use for Light Construction
no

Soft Elm Use for Marine Applications
YES

Soft Elm Use for Marquetry
no

Soft Elm Use for Millwork
no

Soft Elm Use for Models and Patterns
no

Soft Elm Use for Musical Instruments
no

Soft Elm Use for Novelties
no

Soft Elm Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Soft Elm Use for Shingles
no

Soft Elm Use for Sports Equipment
no

Soft Elm Use for Turnery
no

Soft Elm Use for Woodenware
no





     
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