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Posted on What to do with some hickory planks?

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#1 posted 02-21-2013 06:03 AM

Hickory is what is used to make baseball bats, it is dense and strong, does not dent easily and is also a pretty wood. Which is why it is hard to get ahold of in thicker than 4/4 by the way… It is good for making strong durable furniture that will stand up to time. Though it is not that common as furniture. Pecan, which is in the hickory family is also good for furniture, but here where I can literally walk out into a field nearby with pecan trees in it, few people seek out pecan furniture, however I’m told it sells well in the New England area…

As a shelf it would do good, but I don’t really like my shelves to not have a back, sooo tables, chests and so on. I’ve made a bar stool from hickory before and well, it was made for my parents so two years later and it still looks brand new… As well as some cabinets for customers.

P.s it can be a difficult wood to work, dulling blades and taking longer to sand. Just so you know in advance.

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