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Posted on Need advice on hickory

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#1 posted 06-08-2018 09:19 AM

The price is right for sure. I have a forest of hickory, among other hardwoods, in my back yard and I would pay that for a cut down ready to mill log. As far as milling it goes, I don’t know what kind of saw mill you have, but unless it is a big powerful circular saw mill you are going to want to saw those logs as green as possible, as in right away…as in the day they are cut down if possible and it don’t sound like it is. Hickory gets tougher to mill by the day when the log has been cut. It is really seriously best done as green as you can unless you have a big powerful mill. I would try to find out how long ago the logs were cut down and/or maybe buy one log and try it. If you have a small band mill you might still be okay as long as the blade is good and sharp and you just take your time cutting it up.
Once dry and ready to work hickory is a pretty tough hard wood. Just take your time and it works fine. The only thing I have seen bad about it is that sometimes it will split with the grain. You get something all done, sanded and ready to finish and it will split all the way along the length of the grain. Had that happen a few times. Not real common, but don’t let it surprise you if it does. Good luck.

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