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ohtimberwolf

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02-02-2015 12:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pecan

The pecan was cut 60 years ago from the original farm the house was built on in Knoxville TN and has now been torn down. The house was still in very good shape and in an expensive section of town. The new owners planed on building on the site as it was almost on the river but never did it. The pecan was use as paneling 3/4 inch thick (t&g) random widths by 8 to 10 feet long. The ten footers were not tongue and grooved, just boards.

Having never seen let alone worked with pecan I’m wondering what sort of projects would look good in this wood. You wood experts can help me out here as I don’t have room to store wood that I might not use. Perhaps some of you have done some projects using pecan and I could see what you have done and what the wood would look like. I am in Ohio so it would be quite a trip down and back.

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#1 posted 02-02-2015 12:47 AM

It is similar but not the same as hickory though some wood suppliers label them the same.

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 01:18 AM

JAAune: Amazing that they would label two different woods with the same name when they aren’t. Thanks for the info, I have always liked the look of hickory.

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 01:21 AM



JAAune: Amazing that they would label two different woods with the same name when they aren t. Thanks for the info, I have always liked the look of hickory.

- ohtimberwolf

It happens all the time though. Red oak can be one of many red oaks. There are several white oaks that get lumped in to white oak. Pecan is in the hickory family.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 02-02-2015 01:22 AM



JAAune: Amazing that they would label two different woods with the same name when they aren t. Thanks for the info, I have always liked the look of hickory.

- ohtimberwolf

No amazing at all. They do it all the time.

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#5 posted 02-02-2015 01:36 AM

My experience with pecan is positive. Works easier than hickory, looks great, too.

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#6 posted 02-02-2015 02:17 AM

Jimmy carter say’s pecan is what you use on a long road trip,pecon it a wood and nut tree. lol.
If you don’t want the wood I’d be happy to take it off you hands!

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#7 posted 02-02-2015 03:22 AM

One local purveyor tried to convince me that Ipe was Purple Heart. It was very close in color and fooled me under the lighting conditions until I picked it up it was way too heavy for the length and thickness not to mention I never saw or heard of anyone using PH for a threshold.

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#8 posted 02-02-2015 05:29 AM

Indeed, pecan is in the hickory family. The pecan that I used was all very light colored and I thought all pecan was like that, but then I saw an armoire project recently, that was made of pecan, that was pretty dark and streaked, a lot like hickory. It was very pretty.

I find pecan to be notably tough, difficult to sand and hard on tools but the finished product very appealing. It has an open grain, like most nut woods, but it has a unique and characteristic grain pattern and it is somewhat chatoyant.

It’s definitely a furniture wood and, therefore, valued. It’s quite strong, somewhat heavy and, when drying it, care must be taken to keep it weighted down, otherwise it’s bad to crook. I still have some and plan to work with it again.

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#9 posted 02-02-2015 12:52 PM

Thanks guys and thanks for the spelling lesson dwd (post #6) as it will stick with me from here on. Sounds like I will arrange to get the wood or my brother may bring it with him when he comes up next fall. I really like the looks of hickory so I’m looking forward to it. Any projects done with it with pictures would be nice to see.
P.S. Sounds like Jimmy was drinking some of that amber fluid his brother was so famous for. :))

http://www.tytyga.com/Pecan-Trees-s/1895.htm

larry

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#10 posted 02-02-2015 01:39 PM

I brought some pecan to a fellow LJ who made these awesome chisel handles for me:

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#11 posted 02-02-2015 01:49 PM

According to the folks around here, “Puh-cohn” is the tree, “Pee-can” is what goes under the bed :-)

Pecan is beautiful wood when finished. I have some planks but I’d sure love to have more of it. Here’s what I’ve done with some of the pecan I have
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http://lumberjocks.com/JoeinGa/blog/46905
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http://lumberjocks.com/JoeinGa/blog/47305
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This one not finished yet, but it’s looking pretty good so far
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#12 posted 02-02-2015 02:04 PM

I built a pedestal dining table out of it 35years ago. The family I gave it to 10 years ago still use it today. The wood is hard and looks great. Sorry no picks I made the table pre digital age.

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#13 posted 02-02-2015 02:17 PM

Grab that pecan, OTW!!
Here is a pizza peel and cutter I made

and a bowl, here, that hubby turned

-- God bless, Candy

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Yonak

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#14 posted 02-02-2015 02:47 PM



Here is a pizza peel and cutter I made

- CFrye

Candy, I’m intrigued by the pizza peel and cutter. My wife and I are making pizzas more and more and my current cutting boards are not big enough.

I assume the board is the “pizza peel”. What’s that terminology about ? ..And how does the cutter work ? Is there a blade inset into it somehow ?

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#15 posted 02-02-2015 02:52 PM

A few of my projects from Pecan:

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