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Forum topic by Kevin_WestCO posted 06-26-2011 05:51 PM 1238 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2011 05:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hickory rough lumber for sale

Last week I purchased over 600bf of 4/4 Hickory that has been sitting in a barn for the last 8 years. I’ve never really worked with Hickory but I’ve read that it can be difficult to work with.
What are some of the challenges that it presents?
I understand that it finishes real well, is that the case?

I purchased it in rough form. It measures well over 4/4 and has a very good figure to it. I’m not going to use all of it real soon. If anyone is interested in some of it, I’d be willing to sell or trade a bit of this material. I would sell for $1.65bf or trade for some other material. I have a couple projects planned in maple and cherry.

Thank for you time!

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#1 posted 06-26-2011 06:00 PM

I can’t answer your question but wow, really nice score.

I wish you were closer.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#2 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.


-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#3 posted 06-27-2011 12:26 AM

I think it bends well. It’s about the toughest of N. American woods.

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 03:45 AM

Don, thank you very much for all the information! I’m starting a simple hall table tmrw using this material for a family member. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Thanks everyone else too.

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#5 posted 06-28-2011 04:32 AM

Just bought 500 bf last week for our current kitchen. Have worked some with it in the past on past kitchens. I do not stain but rather just clear coat the wood. I just planed around 70 panels today with only 3 minor dime sized blow outs running on our woodmaster 725. The blow outs were taken care of on the sander. On to the shaper tomorrow.

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#6 posted 06-28-2011 04:38 AM

It is a nut bearing tree, so it is dense. I would treat it like walnut, or pecan.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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