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Post  akjgardner Sun Nov 12, 2023 11:30 am

When we moved into this house we had no idea what damage hickory nuts could do until we walked outside and discovered our 1 year old Buick regal had been badly damaged by an army of hickory nuts , $12000.00 dollars to be exact. Well I had the tree turned into lumber . Today I started work on making ballast post for my stairs and loft …here is the start of the project Revenge against the Hickory Tree 48246d10
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Post  roddie Sun Nov 12, 2023 12:10 pm

Nice that you're repurposing the wood Joe. I don't think I'd recognize a Hickory tree if I saw one. Hickory; a hardwood, is one of the most dense woods at 42 lbs./cu. ft.

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Post  rsv1cox Sun Nov 12, 2023 12:19 pm

You have courage Joe.  As you know, Hickory is a hard wood, with emphasis on hard.  It can be difficult to work.  I have several Hickory trees on this property and they just got through dropping leaves.  Beautiful Autuum colors though.  That's a lot of damage, but the nut's are huge and heavy.

I built the attached garage stairs leading to the loft out of pine.  Easy.  30 degree cuts for the railings.  Looks like about the angle that you selected.  Crossing T's and dotting I's I used left-over carpeting and Luan to finish them off.

Ok for the garage.

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Edit:  Ah, I see roddie and I were typing at the same time so I modified.  Sorry about the mis-angled picture. Tried to fix it, couldn't. Removed it.
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Post  akjgardner Sun Nov 12, 2023 12:47 pm

Hey Roddie this is specifically a shag bark hickory , it will make a very rustic looking job, I have made baluster post with them before. And yes , it is very hard and rough on tools… Bob , Nice job on the stairs. I just finished the rough cut and now comes the sanding and finishing. I will make the ones on the staircase a little differentRevenge against the Hickory Tree 800e7510
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Post  akjgardner Sun Nov 12, 2023 12:52 pm

Roddie here is a picture of a shag bark hickoryRevenge against the Hickory Tree 18ab3a10
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Post  rdw777 Sun Nov 12, 2023 1:42 pm

Looks like a very pretty wood…. I know it has to be hard as a rock…. Great re-use for it…I know it was and probably still is used for tool handles because of its durability…. Our local hardwood is Mesquite, Also very hard…. I have a little mallet a friend turned on a lathe for me
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Post  rsv1cox Sun Nov 12, 2023 6:01 pm

Same here Joe. Shaggy bark, this one in my front yard is not too bad. Dropping leaves, always three on a stem and fly everywhere. I mulch them up with the zero turn John Deere and they melt away.

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Post  roddie Mon Nov 13, 2023 8:17 am

akjgardner wrote:Roddie here is a picture of a shag bark hickoryRevenge against the Hickory Tree 18ab3a10

Thanks Joe, Now I'll know what it is, when I see one.

My Craftsman wood properties chart also lists Hickory as "Among best domestic woods for steam-bending".. and mentions its common use for tool handles.. as Robert (rdw777) pointed out.

What might you need to "steam-bend"??? Shocked................ um..... I got nuthin'..
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Post  944_Jim Mon Nov 13, 2023 1:22 pm

I wonder how good it would be for engine bearers/crutches?

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Post  Ken Cook Mon Nov 13, 2023 7:51 pm

Hickory is hard but it's not a good choice for engine mounts. It's a open grain wood like oak. Maple is used due to being a closed grain wood which prevents oil absorption. Sugar maple is preferred because of it's abundant straight grain whereas hickory lacks consistent straight grain quality. If your not concerned about longevity, use it.
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Post  944_Jim Mon Nov 13, 2023 8:12 pm

Thanks, Ken,
Longevity? Ummm...
That's too bad about oak. We had an old oak tree blown down on the Air Base. It is being sawn for a Heritage Room. I have several cuts from it. Good thing I don't build keepers. I just need to build prolifically/quickly. They spend more time waiting on the bench for me to finish them. Then they spend little time with me in the air. The next couple will be keepers...I hope!

Maybe I can cut the oak for stable wing jigs?
Off to search for maple now. I don't think Lowes has it.


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Post  944_Jim Mon Nov 13, 2023 8:26 pm

Ken,
I checked Lowes...my planes don't last THAT long. Ouch!

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Post  getback Wed Nov 15, 2023 7:10 am

Way to repupose Joe , Darn that is a lot of damage , had to do a double take Clean my glasses Affraid or WOW!
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Post  akjgardner Wed Nov 15, 2023 10:19 am

getback wrote:Way to repupose Joe , Darn that is a lot of damage , had to do a double take Clean my glasses Affraid or WOW!
Thaks Eric , I forgot to mention my Jeep wrangler got it too . It was only $ though
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Post  roddie Wed Nov 15, 2023 12:12 pm

944_Jim wrote:Ken,
I checked Lowes...my planes don't last THAT long. Ouch!

Oh yea........... you don't want to have to buy milled-Maple anywhere these days. Watch for old furniture being thrown away.. estate sales.. roadside salvage............. whatever. A single dove-tail jointed maple drawer from a chest or bureau.. could net enough engine-bearer stock to supply the entire country for a year........... Laughing  (so sad; that might not be too far from accurate..)

I have a small table-saw set-up for ripping hardwood "sticks", when need be. Goggles and a good "push-stick" help to make it a safe operation.

besides......... isn't it better to recycle/repurpose something.. even if just a part of it?
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