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Forum topic by PhilLight posted 04-20-2018 02:39 PM 921 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PhilLight

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04-20-2018 02:39 PM

I recently acquired about 100+ BF of very beautiful 6/4, kiln-dried hickory at a very low price. Interestingly I don’t seem to see many people using hickory for projects. Currently, the only project I know for sure that I’ll use it for is to make a new axe handle. That will leave me… pretty much all of it when I’m done. I’m still relatively new to this hobby and I’m looking for ideas as to what else hickory would be a good choice for, and maybe just as importantly, what type of things should it NOT be used for?

Oh, and I also have the option to get at least that much and possibly twice that much more. However, if it’s not a popular wood to work with, maybe I should pass. Thoughts?


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CRAIGCLICK

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#1 posted 04-20-2018 02:42 PM

I’ve seen hickory wood floors that are stunning.

-- Somewhere between raising hell and amazing grace.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 04-20-2018 02:48 PM

I love hickory, until I have to machine it. But it’s one of my favorite woods, and it’s usually a little less expensive versus some of the others.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 04-20-2018 04:19 PM

Check out Jay Bates on Youtube, he’s done several projects with it, I’ve heard its a bit rough on blades, but have not had the fortune to get to use any.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 04-20-2018 05:01 PM

Very hard wood that is difficult to machine. Planers don’t like it one bit.
Makes great tool handles, base ball bats and flooring. You might also make cutting boards out of it; long grain or end grain. If you have a lathe you might try turning some of it.
I never pass up free wood. It doesn’t go bad if stored properly and you may need it later.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 04-20-2018 05:41 PM

Turning tools don’t like it either.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#6 posted 04-20-2018 06:54 PM

Is it harder than hard maple? Or is it just prone to splintering?

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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Tabletop

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#7 posted 04-20-2018 07:02 PM

It makes beautiful tables

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#8 posted 04-20-2018 07:03 PM

I’ve been requested by my SO to make a dining room table top out of it. I’ve heard the stories about machining it and making sure to use sharp tools on it. beautiful stuff too!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#9 posted 04-20-2018 07:08 PM

Hickory is one tough wood, oak trembles in fear of it. Naturally I told my builder to make all my cabinets out of Hickory

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#10 posted 04-20-2018 07:09 PM

That looks beautiful!!!


Hickory is one tough wood, oak trembles in fear of it. Naturally I told my builder to make all my cabinets out of Hickory

- darthford


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Fred Hargis

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#11 posted 04-21-2018 10:57 AM



Is it harder than hard maple? Or is it just prone to splintering?

- bbasiaga

Both, but for me it was the splintering that was the biggest problem…especially when trying to shape the edges. On the Janka scale hickory is listed as being quite a bit harder than Hard maple.

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#12 posted 04-21-2018 01:22 PM

Hickory is quite a bit harder than maple, does tend to splinter, keep tools sharp and is hard on edges so sharpen often. Bends well.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#13 posted 04-21-2018 01:50 PM

You guys that responded about how hard it is to work it must be using hand tools. I’ve done a lot with Hickory per customers requests, and only had one splinter along a door edge. Otherwise, it was as easy to mill as Alder. Since I haven’t heard any complaints from my customers, I guess the wood is holding up.

Phil, you said you just got a 100+ bdft now. If you have the money to get the rest, get it and start making stuff, using electricity as you main power source, and you will not have any problems. ................ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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splintergroup

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#14 posted 04-21-2018 02:17 PM

Beautiful wood, but as said it tends to splinter (I hate using a router on it) and it doesn’t like to stay flat.

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darthford

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#15 posted 04-21-2018 02:57 PM

My solid raised panel Hickory cabinet doors are still flat and true after 5 years. Ditto for the solid drawer fronts and some of them are fairly wide and tall. Also used Hickory in all three bathrooms, but went with Shaker style doors with Hickory ply center panels as I expected the moisture might effect a solid raised panel in the baths. They are holding up well no issues. The cabinet boxes…wait for it…3/4 inch Hickory plywood and drawers are dovetail jointed maple. Solid granite countertops throughout the house also.

When I had this house built 5 years ago I toured dozens of new construction homes and was shocked what crappy cabinets builders were using in $500k homes, sad really.

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