Like the oak family, there are several species of hickory. Also many
species of pecan. For some strange reason I remember that hickory can
be polished-like buffed. It is very hard and is used sometimes in
handles since it has good shock absorbing traits. It is hard and will
eat up some bits but that 's what we like to do anyway, isn't it!
On Thu, 25 Sep 2003 00:40:42 -0400, "Young Carpenter"
Hickory seems to be tough in the exact opposite of ash. Ash absorbs and
redistributes energy making it great for bats. Hickory is the opposite it
is just plain energy resistant. Maybe I am wrong but that's what if feels
I have been working on a desk made entirely of hickory and have had no real
problems. I had not worked with it before. It looks good and does have
some "character" spots that you have to like or work around. It seems very
stable. Sometimes the grain is nice and straight, and other times it gets a
bit squirrelly. I would have to agree with others when they say it is a bit
While we are on the subject... Are there any suggestions for good ways to
finish hickory? I saw the one about tung oil. I have very dark wood trim
and furniture in my house. The desk I am making is for my own use and I'd
like it to match the dark wood of the house. But I don't want to hide the
natural beauty of the hickory. Any suggestions?
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