Christmas is Coming!

It’s that time of the year again and I’d really like to have a few small gifts coming out of the workshop very soon! There hasn’t been a lot of other action going on lately but, you may recall that I was looking at making a couple of boxes in a recent post.

“I don’t waste wood – only time!”

After work yesterday, I wrapped up warm, braved the cold and went out to sort through this pile of offcuts I’d accumulated weeks ago.

I started off by deciding on the quantity of elm I was going to required from those two lengths I bought in September. I cut off a 29in length (8in + 5in + 8in + 5in + waste) and, after straightening one edge on my planer, split it in two on my bandsaw.

Elm sides for two boxes.

It’ll be interesting to see how flat this stuff stays over time, as I’ve not worked with elm before but, I’ve heard all the horror stories! The grain doesn’t run parallel to the edges so, I’m sure I’m in for some surprises along the way! 😉

Taking a closer look at the other odds and ends I’ve selected, there’s a tiger-stripe-like piece of ash for a lid (right), some quarter-sawn oak for the inner linings, golden ash for trays and inserts and I’ve selected a wide but short board of English cherry (bottom) for the bases and I hope it will complement the elm.

Time to dry.

It’s been a loooong time since I’ve been able to shares photos of sawn timber stacked indoors but, here goes. I know that neither the arrangement or spacings are ideal but, on such small pieces (some of which have been hanging around for years), I don’t think I’ll have much to worry about.

Thanks for reading. I hope to have more underway soon. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Christmas is Coming!

  1. thats a lot of great quality elm there!
    I’m so grateful for purchasing my bandsaw, and doubling the quantity of wood I have!
    Roll on table tops! (Mind you I need a planer before I get started – and will soon need a larger workshop)! lol!

    1. Thank you, Stephen. This elm is indeed very nice but, I’m treating it very carefully as the grain is all over place and I know it can move. This cold snap is keeping me out of the workshop at the moment and I doubt I’ll get much done in the next three weeks, sadly.

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