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Forum topic by JSK25 posted 01-23-2011 09:56 PM 1192 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2011 09:56 PM

Let me start by saying i am very, very new to woodworking and apologize if any of my questions seem really dumb.

Anyway, I have two big slabs of hickory in my garage and was thinking of making a rustic looking hall table with some of it. As I look though the projects posted on the site I don’t recall seeing any made from hickory. Is there anything wrong with this species of wood? I’ve read that it is a very hard wood and it can be hard on tools. So I’m thinking that may be the reason why but I don’t know for sure. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 11:02 PM

a friend recently bought some hickory to use for kitchen cabinets. He said that every time he ripped a piece he had a lot of movement- warping and twisting. He gave up on it. good Luck. It may be fine in large pieces.

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 11:22 PM

Very very hard, predrill any holes before using screws. Make sure your blades are sharp.

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 11:28 PM

Hickory is a very hard wood. Dulls blades probably 2 to 3 times faster. It is an excellent wood for furniture and is used frequently for cabinets in my area. I built a set of character kitchen cabinets for my house in 2009. I used kiln dried hickory and had no problems with warping or twisting.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#4 posted 01-23-2011 11:56 PM

I feel compelled to make a point. Hickory is a very hard domestic wood when compared to virtually all other domestic woods. However, when woods from around the world are considered, there are many woods that are much harder than Hickory.

The Janda Index is the standard measurement of hardness. I often work with ipe, lignum vitae, macawood and bubinga. You will see that all of these and many other woods from other countries are much harder than Hickory, as measured by the Janda Index.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 01:46 AM

I used it for a kitchen remodel. With my brother’s help, actually he did most of the milling work, we sharpened the blades on his planer about 4 times. It is beautiful when finished but somewhat difficult to work with. I have had no issues with warping and the kitchen has been done for almost 3 years.

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