3 distinctive and affordable project stock
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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