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Posted on Wood identification, Please

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#1 posted 10-22-2010 11:47 PM

My friend, if you were from Alabama, you would know exactly what that wood is because it grows everywhere in these parts. Unliess I am terribly mistaken, that wood is good old Hickory. It is dense, hard, strong, makes great tool handles as well as lots of other things. It will have interlocking grain that will frustrate you to know end when hand planing, but that is also what makes it so strong. Make sure your tools are sharp before you try to work it, especially with hand tools. You have some great stuff there. If you want to be double sure, take a small piece of it and cut it into small chips and throw it in to your grill next time you barbecue some ribs. You will have the best hickory smoked ribs that money can buy. MMMMMMM. Anybody want some BARBECUE! Seriously, if you know what typical southern hickory smoked barbecue smells like, just burn a small piece or two and you see what the smoke smells like. There is nothing else like the smell of hickory smoke. Man, just thinking about it makes me hungry.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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