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#1 posted 06-26-2011 11:53 PM

I do a LOT of projects in hickory for customers. There is calico (striped) and a couple of grades of rustic. It is VERY prone to blow outs and chipouts when machining. It sands to a very smooth finish and takes stains and dyes really well. It hold hardware extremely well since it is a pretty hard wood.

When machining on a router table, I use a auto feeder and always climb cut. Convention cuts cause a lot of chipping and blowouts. Before the auto feeder I had entire edges of a raised panel get taken right off when I was taking 1/8” deep cuts with a raised panel bit.

Always flatten one side on the jointer before running through the planer. The planer is going to cause a lot of chipout no matter how sharp the blades are. Simple fact of life. If you have access to a wide belt sander, that is the way to final flatten and thickness prior to sanding.

For coloring, I use Daleys stains and they take to hickory extremely well. It’s very easy to control the blending of color between the different colors of the wood on a board. Hickory takes any kind of top coat very well.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me off line.


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