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An easy choice when you need a hard wood
Long famed for its hardness and shock resistance, hickory goods claimed valuable cargo-space in the horse-drawn convoys of westward-bound settlers who used it in everything from axe handles to wagon wheels.

In more recent times, hickory's distinct appearance has earned it a place outside of the smokehouse and barbecue pit. With a pronounced contrast between its nearly white sapwood and tan heartwood, sprinkled liberally with dark brown streaks and inclusions, hickory displays a dizzying randomness treasured in flooring, cabinetry, and furniture.

Ranging throughout the Midwest, South, and Northeast, hickory enjoys an ample supply and a price on par with inexpensive red oak. Difficult to dry, you'll seldom find hickory in thicknesses over 4/4.

Be prepared: Hickory's toughness comes hand-in-hand with brittleness and chipout when machining it. Slow your feed rate, back up all cuts, plane at a slight angle, and predrill for screws.

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Comments (1)
robbyw11 wrote:

I used Red Alder for several projects. It does do a wonderful job of imitating cherry, but I found two problems with it: It is brittle and splintery. It is very light compared to cherry and burns easily. Second, it tends to make my nose run-It appears to be a wood I am sensitive to. I made a cradle for my granddaughter and ran out of wood when making the stand. I grabbed a piece of alder, make the second leg. Once it was finished, you can't tell the difference without looking carefully.

6/22/2015 02:18:26 PM Report Abuse

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