Tips for Sawing Hickory
It is prone to sticker stain, so dry stickers work best. I often lean the boards up against the saw building out of the sun for a few days before stickering. This helps by removing the surface moisture some and cuts down on sticker stain. Bugs love hickory and it will stain and get infested quickly this time of year. Remove all bark from boards not edged completely.
From contributor D:
I would add that I've found the best way to cut good (non-wavy) lumber from hickory is to use 4 degree bands, with lots of lube (water) and a slow to medium feed rate, paying attention to knots within the log. I've had fair luck getting good lumber with 9 and 10 degree bands, but by far and away the easiest way I've found is to use 4 degree bands.
From the original questioner:
My bands are Wood-Mizer 10 degree, so I'll have to use them and see what happens on the first few cuts. I don't sharpen or set my bands, so I don't have a way to reduce the tooth angle. I begin cutting with a new blade too.
I always use dry stickers on all my stack piles. Thanks for the turning/stress tip. Is there a good chemical treatment I can spray coat the wood with that prevents insects from attacking? I'll make sure there is no bark edging left on boards too.
From contributor U:
I've applied a water solution of boric acid to lumber to keep off bugs. It probably won't help if they're already in there, but it should keep new ones out. Also, it's non-toxic, long lasting, and cheap.
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