Air Dried Hickory

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Forum topic by Whitewalls posted 06-27-2018 09:57 PM 439 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2018 09:57 PM

I was asked to make a smallish sofa table for an old coworker. He has about 600 BF of Hickory from his house that he milled 2 years ago and has been in his barn stacked/stickered/strapped. He never sealed the ends so quite a bit of it has split which isn’t huge deal because he wants to see Bowties in the top. By making this table top I will be getting a good portion of the lumber that he has from it.

I didn’t have a moisture meter with me when I went to look at it, but what is everyones thoughts on just using air dried for tables?

-- Jared, Northern IL

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#1 posted 06-28-2018 12:53 AM

General rule of thumb is one year per inch of thickness when air drying. So as long as the lumber is no thicker than 8/4, it should be fine. Most of what I’ve built is with air-dried lumber.

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#2 posted 06-28-2018 10:47 AM

I have played with a lot of hickory. We have plenty of it where I live and it is very good looking wood in my opinion. I have noticed that it can sometimes split easily if it is over dried. Everything I do with hickory is with air dried only. Which is not to say that it cannot be properly kiln dried or that you should not mess with kiln dried hickory, just that it has to be done right and definitely not overdone.

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#3 posted 06-28-2018 11:45 AM

Powderpost beetles love hickory. Look for small holes less than 1/16” in diameter and for little piles of sawdust. If you see any, the wood would be best heat treated to kill all beetles, larvae, and eggs.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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