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Forum topic by sarahss posted 05-31-2011 04:27 PM 1061 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2011 04:27 PM

got this pecan from Roz down in Alabama yesterday. Nice stuff.


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#1 posted 05-31-2011 05:07 PM

I love pecan. I work with it sometimes. It is hard, very hard. For rip cuts on this, be sure your blades are sharp or the blade will try to follow the grain instead of cutting straight.
Here is a CD case I made out of pecan. It is built using a brad nail gun. I’ve never had good luck screwing pecan together because it cracks too easily. It is finished with Minwax Gloss Pecan Polyshades. It really brings out the grain on pecan. I apply it, let it sit for about five minutes, then wipe it down with a lint free rag.

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 05:18 PM

That is really pretty. I love the grain. Thanks for the tip about the nail gun—it will likely save me some frustration.

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 05:22 PM

I used an 18GA brad nailer when I built the CD case. However, I have recently gotten a 23GA pin nailer. I haven’t built anything with it yet, but some quick tests on some scrap pecan tells me I will be using it on my next pecan project.
I’m not sure if its the drying process or the wood itself, but from my experience, using screws in pecan, they work like a wedge to crack the wood open. It doesn’t matter if you pre-drill or not, it’ll still split. I used to think it was only the hardest woods that done this. Then I worked with aromatic cedar. I finally rrealized the value of a brad nailer. I originally bought the 18GA nailer to build my CD case. I loved the pecan so much that I wanted it built out of it. I didn’t want to go through the frustration of all the split wood though.

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 07:09 PM

This is great info on working with Pecan! I did not know this and have only used a few scrap pieces to make a couple of shelves in my shop. They are really pretty and I used oill to finish them. Sarah, I hope you guys have a lot of fun working with your new cash of Pecan.

It was great to have the chance to meet another Lumberjock.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 04:23 AM

William, I have really poor results with my 23 ga pin nailer in hard woods. The pins will curl every direction following the grain and often come out the side or edge of your board. Be careful where you put your fingers! Let me know how you get along. Maybe my HF pins are the problem. Are the Porter Cable pins more rigid. Sorry if I butted in on the post.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 02:03 PM

Like I said gfadvm, I have only tried the 23GA in hardwood by testing it on some scrap pieces. You have confirmed my worries though with it. I had already feared that it wouldn’t do good. Test pieces are one thing, but I have found that things can get a little different in a tightly held joint. When I try it (may be a while) I will be sure to let you know how things work out. I know now thogh to try it first in a spot that won’t be seen.
I always keep my fingers clear of the area where I’m shooting brads. Even on joints that I’ve done many times over, all it takes is for a brad to hit an unseen knot or weird grain patterns for it to turn and come out the side. Getting my finger stabbed once like that was enough for me to learn an imprtant lesson.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 02:05 PM

Oh, and I have the Rigid finish nailers. It’s a three piece set that comes with a 16GA and 18GA brad nailers, and a 23GA pin nailer. I only recently got them. They work good so far. I’ve only done one project so far with them. Before that I had a campbell hausfield from Wal-Mart. The Harbor Freight models can’t be much worse than that was. It did last through quite a few projects though.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 06-01-2011 02:08 PM

Wow, you got some wide stock! Jealous, Al.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 06-01-2011 02:35 PM

If Alabama has pecan trees anywhere near like the ones in Mississippi, we let them grow huge. Unless the tree dies, or gets damaged some way, we never cut down a pecan tree. We need those pecans for pies.
There’s a huge pecan tree in my front yard. I’ve had several people comment that there’d be some great lumber in that tree. I am sure to let them know that there’s some great lead for their @$$ to if they mess with my pecans. During the winter holidays, that tree gives us pecans for my wife to make pecan pies.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 06-01-2011 02:58 PM

Al,

some of them are almost 2 feet wide! too bad we don’t have a bigger jointer!

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