FAS 4/4 Kiln Dried Hickory, Good Deal?

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06-07-2013 10:25 PM

There’s a guy near me selling about 900 board feet of 4/4 FAS Hickory for $1.80 a board foot. I have noticed that it seems not that many people on here use hickory, especially for furniture, and I am wondering why. Also, does this sound like a pretty good deal on hickory lumber?



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#1 posted 06-07-2013 10:33 PM

That is a decent price. I pay $2.35 bd / ft for the rustic stuff. 200+ feet at a time.

Its hard stuff and can chip out, making it not very much fun to work with. But it looks sweet once its all done.

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#2 posted 06-07-2013 10:33 PM

dried hickory is hard. You want your tools sharp. Once finished it looks pretty nice and is really durable. You will see a quit a few cabinets make with it because you can machine work cabinets easier than furniture.

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#3 posted 06-07-2013 10:34 PM

It’s gonna DULL DULL DULL your blades, so just be prepared!

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#4 posted 06-07-2013 10:42 PM

I was thinking about laminating 2.5-3 inch pieces for a work bench top for the hardness, but I’m not looking forward to dull blades. I may consider something else then.

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#5 posted 06-07-2013 10:52 PM

We pay 2.50 bf for beautiful calico hickory which I believe is the FAS quality. We use hickory a lot and go through a bunch of hickory in our shop. Actually we use Pecan but I believe the two are extremely similar. So the price is good that is being offered to you.

We never have any issues working hickory in our shop. I can raise a hickory panel on our PM shaper in one pass with a very clean and smooth cut. All of my cuts on hickory is always very clean.

The obvious key to getting good results is having freshly sharp cutters. The wood is very hard and has some weight to it. As a kitchen or furniture it is an excellent choice. As for my personal taste, I love the color of the wood with all of the variations and character, although I do feel it is a tad on the lighter side as I tend to prefer more of a walnut color.

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#6 posted 06-07-2013 10:56 PM

Here’s my thoughts on Hickory. Last time I used it, I bought enough to do some of a headboard I was working on. The Hickory was air dried for years. (Can’t remember how many, just that it was in a building for at least two years at 1” rough cut nominal.
Once I got to using it, it moved like it was green from the day it was cut from the tree. I got some of it to cooperate, but a lot of it went into the fire pile.
Just my humble opinion…

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#7 posted 06-07-2013 11:35 PM

Look at my projects. I built a roll top desk out of it. It is hard and heavy but it didn’t dull my tools noticeably. Of course I’m assuming you use carbide tipped tools. I also finished my kitchen cabinets with it. It’s beautiful once finished with a clear finish.

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#8 posted 06-07-2013 11:39 PM

Hickory is hard, hard, hard. There’s one school of thought on workbenches that says that you’d rather dent your bench than your project, so use doug fir or the like instead of a super hard wood like hickory.

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#9 posted 06-09-2013 02:41 AM

I plan on using hickory flooring for my workbench top. I’ve heard about using soft woods so you dont dent your project, but i figure unless I drop it on the edge it will be fine

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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