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Forum topic by sawdust703 posted 09-29-2014 01:39 PM 1326 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2014 01:39 PM

good morning folks!! I am new to the lathe, but have a couple requests for projects on the lath turned out of hickory. I’m looking for blanks about 3’ long, and 2” to 3” in diameter. My requests are from OTR truck drivers. I’ve never worked with hickory, so I’m sure I’m in for an education, no doubt!! But none the less, any help would be appreciated. I live In far NW Kansas, & there just ain’t much for wood selection here. Thanks for your time. Enjoy the day!!

-- Sawdust703

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 02:06 PM

You could request Pecan also. It’s very close to Hickory. Neither wood will not disappoint you in character. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 02:24 PM

My requests are from OTR truck drivers.

I have turned some tool handles out of hickory … hope you are up to speed on sharpening because hickory is tough stuff and dulls tools quickly.

Sounds like you are making tire thumpers. Unless your customer has a reason for wanting hickory, hard maple might be a good alternative.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 03:07 PM

You might want to consider baseball bat blanks.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#4 posted 09-29-2014 11:33 PM

Thank you for the input Gentlemen! As I stated in my op Dane, I’m pretty new to the lathe, and am in for an education, I’m very sure. I meant every word, Sir. I realize I have a lot to learn, That’s why I was given two feet. To just take one step at a time. I’ll look into the hard maple & pecan, but the customer specified hickory. We’ll see what I can come up with. I will be asking plenty of questions of you fellas with all your knowledge, so be prepared. In the mean time, again, I do appreciate your input, and enjoy your day.

-- Sawdust703

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