How difficult is Hickory to work with? - Router Forums
 5Likes
  • 2 Post By Stick486
  • 2 Post By greenacres2
  • 1 Post By OPG3
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Roger D's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Country: United States
First Name: Roger
Posts: 64
 
Default How difficult is Hickory to work with?

New to woodworking and am in the planning stage of my shop and like the look of Hickory. Was wondering if it would be a good wood to work with as a first timer. What do you think?
Roger

“Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.” - George Bernard Shaw
Roger D is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 11:38 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Stick486's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Stick
Posts: 24,706
 
Default

Rot Resistance: Considered to be non-durable to perishable regarding heartwood decay, and also very susceptible to insect attack.

Workability: Difficult to work, with tearout being common during machining operations if cutting edges are not kept sharp; the wood tends to blunt cutting edges. Glues, stains, and finishes well. Responds well to steam bending.
MEBCWD and Danman1957 like this.

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....
Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and Taxidermy”
Stick486 is online now  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 12:37 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Earl
Posts: 1,535
 
Default

Light touch, sharp (very sharp) tools, and a way to refresh the edges on those tools and it works well. Finishes very nicely as well. Since it is so hard, proper pre-drilling for screws will help stop it from splitting--though it can still split if screwing. For that reason, my jointing preference for hickory is dowels or splines instead of screws.

Okay--typing the above makes hickory sound tough to work, but for me it's worth the effort!!
earl
OPG3 and Herb Stoops like this.
greenacres2 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 02:03 PM
Forum Contributor
 
Herb Stoops's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Country: United States
First Name: Herb
Posts: 7,352
 
Default

I like to work with Hickory. I didn't seem to have any trouble machining, I does darken with age and that is not a negative,more beautiful.

Very durable,think of Baseball bats and axe handles.

Herb
Herb Stoops is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 02:22 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 3,809
 
Default

What Stick said. I like the look, but not the work. It can be tough on tool edges.

HJ

Detroit Burbs

RoutervilleUSA on Etsy

I took the tests and retirement is the best job I'm suited for.

Now I know why old guys wear suspenders.
honesttjohn is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 09:17 PM
Registered User
 
CharleyL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Charley
Posts: 1,984
 
Default

I've not had any significant problems working it, but you need to do it with sharp tooling. Ash seems to machine about the same for me. Hard and splintery, if the tooling isn't sharp.

Charley

Central North Carolina
CharleyL is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2018, 11:25 AM
Registered User
 
OPG3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Otis
Posts: 1,984
 
Default

Roger,

Welcome to the Router Forums if I haven't already personally welcomed you. You will get lots of various opinions on hickory, and there's good reason - it's a wood that can surprise you! You can build some beautiful furniture with it, but it can be difficult at times to work with. When wood goes to lumberyards, the several species of hickory and pecan are usually stacked and labeled as "hickory". Hickory wood is quite dense.

I'm a kinda stumpy little fellow...5'-7" and currently 195 pounds. A few years ago I had built a hickory (pecan) bookcase for my middle daughter. It was on a Saturday morning and I had just a day or two prior finished the build - she wanted to do the staining and the top coats of polyurethane. I have no choice but to get-up early because I have always had dogs that think they're roosters. I had already walked my dog and it was wet outside - so I took off my shoes to not leave a mess.

My wife was still asleep. She had a couple dozen of her lady friends coming-over in the afternoon for a bridal shower, so I seized the opportunity to bring said bookcase upstairs. With no shoes on, the cuffs of my blue jeans (remember my stumpy legs) were dragging the floor slightly. With my right arm positioned within said (very sturdy, very heavy) bookcase I made my way up the stairs. At the very top step, when I reached for the doorknob - I lost my balance and could not re position my foot because my pants were being stood on! Due to this and my arm being basically "locked into" the bookcase - the bookcase and I tumbled-down the stairway backwards. WE evidently made the same number of flips and I landed on my head on the concrete floor. I still do not know how long I was unaware of what exactly happened - but it HAD to be at least 30-45 minutes. Fortunately, my cell phone was lying on the bottom step as I was crumpled in a heap on the concrete. I called my wife's cell phone and she answered (from her sleep), but sounded very drowsy. I said "Joy can you come LOOK at something for me?" She said can it wait until later?" I said "Please come to the basement stairs as soon as you can - I need to show you something!". Our bedroom is all the way at the other end of our (ranch style) house. I soon heard a toilet flush, then I heard her footsteps and then she said, "What are you doing down there?" I explained.

The bookcase took that tumble much better than I did! I took a Sharpie and wrote my initials and that date on the underside of the bookcase. Melissa has moved a couple of times. She breaks-down and cries when she sees that date and my initials, but I always tell her it was MY FAULT!

Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia
Wildwood likes this.

OPG3

Tweak everything!
OPG3 is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-07-2018, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Roger D's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Country: United States
First Name: Roger
Posts: 64
 
Default

Thanks to all who have responded. Sounds like I’ll need to find a different wood to start out with.
Roger

“Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.” - George Bernard Shaw
Roger D is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mobile Work Bench Duane Bledsoe Table-mounted Routing 26 01-28-2019 09:13 AM
Renovation of my old work bench Coleve Show N' Tell 10 03-16-2018 07:19 AM
Pecan Lumber Tonto1 Wood Species 14 03-12-2018 09:21 PM
Our work has healing powers Knot working General Routing 10 03-08-2018 06:48 PM
My work space! Marc R Show N' Tell 14 06-19-2010 06:54 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome