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Hickory
Hickory

Hickory

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Description

  • Sapwood is a creamy white with a brownish tint. Heartwood is a reddish brown in color. Pores are medium sized and open. The lumber is mostly straight grained with occasional wavy or irregular grains occurring. Texture can be medium to rough.

How well does it work?

  • Hickory can be difficult to work with at times, as it will blunt cutting edges. Tear-out can occur with machine tools if the blades are not sharp. Gluing can be difficult, but the lumber does stain and finish well. Pre-drilling is recommended for nails and screws. The lumber has a tendency to split with nails though.

Seasoning and Durability

  • Sapwood is susceptible to attack by the powder post beetle. Trees and logs can be attacked by the forest longhorn beetle. Heartwood is considered to be nondurable to decay.

Notes on Grade

  • Hickory sold is generally unselected for color unless specified as such. Selection for sap one face and better or heartwood one face and better comes at a higher cost.

Common Uses

  • Flooring, cabinetry, furniture, plywood, and tool handles where shock resistance is needed.
  • * Stock is currently available in limited quanities. This generally means we have less than 500 BF, or the stock is either all narrow or an odd length.

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