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Forum topic by WillyFlinstone posted 12-02-2012 10:36 PM 732 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2012 10:36 PM

Hi everyone, still really new to LJ’s. If I could get just a moment of your time for some help. Because I thought it was stunning when I saw it, I bought some Hickory lumber for this new dartboard case that I am building. So far this has been a headache. When I try to rip it on the table saw it burns really bad all the way down the rip. I have changed how fast and slow it goes through. I checked the rip fence again to be sure it was square, still burning away on me. After I got what I was looking for a was running a little groove in the edges of the wood and it caught and took off on me so bad that my thumb hit the router bit (a small abrasion from that).
It seems to bog down my chop saw, table saw, router and my desire to use it. Not sure if there is some sort of trick to using a wood like that but I know my spirits are hurt. Any suggestions?
And thanks in advance for any time that you give me on this one.


-- Sailor by profession, but real work starts in the shop! Just trying to learn more everyday

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 12-02-2012 11:10 PM

I have never had any hickory, but I know it’s hard. Hardwood can cause a lot of sharpening of tools. Wish you well.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Don W

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#2 posted 12-02-2012 11:47 PM

Yep, hickory is a hard sucker when dry. Keep tools sharp, and use low speeds.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 12-02-2012 11:48 PM

Hickory is tough stuff.

I don’t know what type of blade you’re using on the TS or CS.

Your blade should be clean, with no pitch build-up. I would use a nice, sharp rip blade on the TS, not a combo or cut-off blade. For your chop saw, a clean, sharp blade is needed as well.

Routing hickory is tricky. Light passes, and use feather boards for the top to hold it down on the table and another on the side to keep it tight to the fence.

-- Nicky

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 02:06 AM

At least after this I can justify a new TS blade to the wife. I think that will be the last of my Hickory trials. But it is a done deal now. After we return from our trip I will be able to put in the white board and hang it on the walll and use it.

-- Sailor by profession, but real work starts in the shop! Just trying to learn more everyday

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 02:23 AM

It is also an exceptionally difficult wood to saw from logs and to dry without defect. You must have a very sharp tablesaw blade when using it in the shop.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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