milling hickory

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Project by Tribalwind posted 09-30-2009 09:36 PM 2891 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this was a leftover log at my friends home, he heats his house with 1 soapstone wood stove.
i believe it is hickory,at least that is what he was told..whatever it is, it was some TOUGH stuff to cut through,and 40”+ wide in soem spots ,we had to cut it down to fit within the 36” alakan… the color was beautiful to me…the “stickering”.ahem. leaves little(nothing?) to be desired,but this thing was already very dry from sitting out a year or more.and the slabs are about 6/4 . also cut some big cookies for round outdoor tables…they must be around 48” id guess.

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#1 posted 09-30-2009 10:07 PM

Wow that a super chunk a wood.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 09-30-2009 10:10 PM

Very nice…. A 20’ Husqvarna or Echo and Alaskan mill are on my wish list… Yeah I know 20” is a bit small, but it’s the biggest I can justify out of the household budget…

Hickory and Pecan are gorgeous woods to work with. Can’t wait to see some projects come out of that!

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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#3 posted 09-30-2009 10:15 PM

hey thanks folks, that bar is a 42”.on a husq 395xp.

DB just make sure the sawhead is powerful enough for whatever type stuff you’ll be milling.
if all ya do is 12” wide or less trees then i guess you’ll be ok.
the mill attachment will eat up about 6” of your bar i think it is..

i recognize ya(and the icon!) from BT3Central. good to see you !

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#4 posted 09-30-2009 10:32 PM

Gorgeous stuff! Hickory / Pecan = tough wood! :)

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#5 posted 09-30-2009 10:42 PM

thanks, yes i learned hickory is supposed to be pecan,but you know the funny thing though, i have a bunch of pecan form a neighbor and it is totally different than this, the trunk is only 18” at max,most were 14” or so .. and the color a a very creapy pure off-white yellowy with non-pronounced grain… heres a little goblet i made from a piece of it.. (pen was bloodwood,and i lost it,that was my first pen,boohoo)

i guess there are many varieties?


-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#6 posted 10-01-2009 02:28 AM

Do you have a ripping chain saw blade in that saw? I have looked at getting myself one. I read that the ripping blade is the way to go. I love Hickory wood.

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#7 posted 10-01-2009 02:34 AM

yep, ripping chains a must.
its just a different grind angle on the chain is all. the bar is the same,
i’m not much good at sharpening chain yet, it’s a skill i’ve GOT to learn.
theres soem masters at it on in the milling section,
all sorts of special grinds for making it cut like butter

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#8 posted 10-01-2009 02:34 AM

Nice bunch of milled lumber (slabs) of hickory. Hickory reminds me of Hockey stick.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 10-01-2009 03:11 AM

Some great looking wood. Big stuff.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 10-01-2009 07:02 AM

I’d love to build a natural edge table out of that slab you guys are holding in pic 4. Wow!

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#11 posted 10-01-2009 07:23 AM

thats what i’d like to do with it too,
maybe cut the wide part off,”naturalize” that edge and make a tall entryway hall table,could straigh-edge the back to flush it up on the wall even.

it’s all available to be had,but UT’s a ways off from NY!

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#12 posted 10-01-2009 09:39 AM

Matthew good score – I’m jealous.

DB – if you are interested in buying a larger chainsaw you could consider making your own Alaskan mill. If you spend less on the mill, you could (maybe) get a larger saw.

I made one one that works pretty well, even if I say so myself. It is show here

I have various links in that post leading to some of the work I’ve done with it. The revised design I mention in that post is shown here

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#13 posted 10-01-2009 10:43 PM

Can’t find that just anywhere. Nice.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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