I have a friend who had a hickory tree fall from the hurricane and he
said I could have all of it I want. I have someone who can kiln dry it
for me, question is..is it worth the effort and expense towork with?
I managed to butcher a couple of bf of hickory trying to fix up an old
bookcase .. and cussed the whole time. The stuff I had was not really
cutter friendly ... AAMOF, if you relish climb cutting with a router,
hickory is for you. It is indeed beautiful wood once you get it finished ...
but in my case, I think I'll stick to cooking steaks with it in the future.
If you enjoy the challenge of working with a wood that requires the sharpest
of sharp, I'd say go for it.
And he's right. Tough, stringy, hard to dry properly. But looks great when you
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I have made a couple thresholds for my kitchen/front hall and kitchen/dining
room from Hickory.
It is better working than hard maple. It seemed to work (rip cut, cross
cut, bevel rip cut, and plane) pretty well in my opinion - as opposed to the
It is very hard so it is good for wear application; and it has a great grain
pattern - it has lots of character.
Would agree here..... I tend to use Hickory for martial arts weapons that I
get talked into making every now and again. Takes abuse well and runs
through my TS pretty well. In my opinion it is easier to sand smooth than
oak is as the grain is not as open (by hand anyway). This is a very hard
wood and you will need to watch for splits/cracks in the grain. Make sure
you use sharp blades. Beautiful when you only use tung oil.
If I had the opportunity for the wood I would certainly take it......
Just my 2cents worth,
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On Fri, 19 Sep 2003 23:59:50 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What are you asking ? "Is it good to work with ?" or "Is it worth
working with ?"
IM (limited) E, hickory is unpleasant to work with. But it's strong
and not unattractive, so it has its uses. Tool handles, beams for
model siege engines (I'm sure I'm not the only one who makes these).
For furniture making, it's extremely useful for making thin spindles
for chair backs, as you can make a usably strong spinlde that's
thinner than one in ash.
So yes, I'd save it and dry it.
yes Hickory is hard and it does indeed require sharp tools to work,
but well worth the trouble. The cabinet shop I worked in doing my
apprenticeship built many a hickory set of kitchen cabinets. We
charged 20% more than an oak kitchen to offset the extra sharpening
and the wear and tear on the tools.
The stair case here at the school is made with hickory treads, hard
Mike from American Sycamore
On 20 Sep 2003 09:19:03 -0700, email@example.com (Mike at American
So what does it look like ? I can see some mechanical cases for using
hickory, but not yet an aesthetic one.
Anyone got any nice pics of hickory looking like "beautiful hickory" ?
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My family room floor is hickory with a cherry spice stain. I don't have
picture of it at the moment though. Nice grain to it and can vary enough to
make it interesting.
The kitchen floor in Dan's house is hickory.
Not hickory, but if you want to se other floors they have done, look at
A couple are of customer's floors, but some are also in Dan's house. He
does the design, his wife Barbara runs the sawmill and does the flooring.
I say that Hickory isn't as bad as I originally thought. Yes it is tough. I
cut it with only a B&D carbide blade and a 1 hp contractors saw which got
bogged down only if I pushed too fast. Looks like White oak but works more
like ash. Very stringy in the nature of shavings. I wouldn't breath the
dust either (because I did and suffered). Very rough chips. It has large
shrinkage while drying and almost always checks a few inches on either end.
But it is quite stable after drying.
The stuff I have has gone from a white color to a nice reddish color. It is
one of those woods that has to be worked with to totally appreciate.
"Violin playing and Woodworking are similar, it takes plenty of money,
I seem to recall recently reading an article that that nice reddish
color in hickory will fade in light. Point being that if one had any
nice figure/colored hickory to use it on the inside of cabinets.
On Sun, 21 Sep 2003 13:42:12 -0400, "Young Carpenter"
The American Hardwood Association has Hickory and Pecan listed as the
same wood and for all woodworking purposes they are the same. Hickory
is open pored like Oak but doesn't have as pronounced a cathedral grain
pattern as Oak or Ash. IME It is harder than Red Oak, but softer than
Birch, it tools and finishes well. That being said, I don't know how
many species of Hickory there are. So it may well be that your log
isn't the same as the Hickory/Pecan I buy at the lumber yard.
Well, you seem to have worked very soft hickory and hard birch!
Hickory is hard as hell, I believe it's rated as the second hardest
domestic US wood, after hard/sugar maple.
I've been working with birch from NH for a while now, and it is not
that hard at all. Nothing like hickory!
I made a smallish cabinet from hickory. It was OK to work with, you
have to keep in mind it's just plain a hard wood.
I guess there's variation in every tree.
Birch shouldn't be harder than hickory, but it sounded like the OP was working
some kind of pecan, instead of true hickory: both are Carya, but the true
hickories (shagbark, shellbark, mockernut, pignut) are considerably harder with
shagbark and shellbark the hardest.
Pretty, though. Sharp tools help a lot.
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