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Misc. Shop Stuff #19: A Good Deal on Pecan?

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 03-09-2013 09:49 PM 1093 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Bought this rough-sawn, aged and cured pecan at auction today for $70:

Eighteen boards between 5 and 8 inches in width, all 8’ long, all at least an inch thick.

Good? Bad? Just ‘fine,’ or ?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 09:53 PM

Sounds solid to me. About a $1 a bf, hard to go wrong there. Plus the cut offs and scraps are good in the smoker.

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#2 posted 03-09-2013 10:01 PM

I don’t believe I’ve ever even held a piece of pecan. I’m betting you’ll find a wonderful project for it. At a buck a foot, you can’t go wrong.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 10:05 PM

^ me either, Don. Looks kinda like apple, hard like hickory, pores like the sample of American chestnut Al sent out months ago. They had a piece planed smooth – wow. Had to have it, bought the first pile. Second one went for $90. I was happy, but raw wood is not something I buy often…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 03-09-2013 10:18 PM

Good? Bad? Just ‘fine,’ or ?

That is wood gloat territory. Nice haul!

Be sure to wire brush it before planing.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 03-09-2013 11:29 PM

Just looked on woodworker source. When you search for pecan it returns hickory. Are the closely related? Hickory going for nearly $8.00 a foot for 4/4 boards. Looks good to me!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. Don't cry because it's over, smile....because for 7 glorious miles, everyone thought you were the real bus driver!

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Don W

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#6 posted 03-09-2013 11:34 PM

I’ve heard pecan and hickory are the same. Keep your tools nice and sharp. Its haaarrrdddd!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 11:34 PM

Nice looking wood to me.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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ShaneA

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#8 posted 03-09-2013 11:37 PM

I think pecan is a species in the hickory family. They will be hard and heavy, lots of color variation in heart wood and sapwood.

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#9 posted 03-09-2013 11:49 PM

Pretty sweet deal, Smitty!

You can always sell me 1/2 the lot for $70, and have some free wood, plus make the misses happy!

:)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 03-10-2013 12:00 AM

The trees, pecan and hickory, may be related, but the nuts are wildly different. I have almost several hundred hickory trees on my property and the nuts they produce are called white walnuts around here. They look and act like black walnuts but they have a sweetish mild flavor and are especially delicious roasted. The pecans I buy in our stores are not at all like the hickory nuts here. The wood tends to be light colored, looks a lot like the sample above, burns hot almost like hedge, whether it’s wet, green or cured. LOVE the smoke smell.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 03-10-2013 02:41 AM

Smitty- I think that was an excellent deal! Yer makin me feel kinda bad though as I’ve been burning pecan (a lot of it’s spalted) in my woodstove all winter. You’ll like it to work with. Worm holes and all! I’ve posted several pecan projects and thoroughly enjoy it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 03-10-2013 12:35 PM

I love pecan for it’s spalting which you have a lot of. I try and use it in a way the grain all matches because it is so textured with different colors when you glue several of the eight inches together you might not like it for the colors might not blend into each other . This table I made had pieces that were 14’’ wide same tree and came out beautiful for it was the same flitch.te

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#13 posted 03-10-2013 04:05 PM

Art, that is beautiful!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#14 posted 03-10-2013 09:28 PM

Nice catch Smitty. I think you did well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 03-11-2013 12:50 AM

Art- That is gorgeous. Unfortunately, all my pecan was in 18” to 24” lengths when I got it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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