Tips on Sawing Hickory
From Professor Gene Wengert, forum technical advisor:
A sharp blade is also essential.
From contributor T:
I second what Gene says about the sharp blade. I sawed up a couple of hickory logs about 2 months ago. It was grade sawn and the pith was boxed out so the boards all came out flat sawn. Dulled two blades on two logs. It didn't help that I accidentally hit a mill post either. But the logs were so clear that no extra turning was really necessary. We were very pleased with the quality of the wood.
I wouldn't discount quarter sawing a hickory provided it was large enough. Hickory sometimes shows small ray fleck and quarter sawn lumber has less drying problems.
The only drying problems we've had with the stuff we sawed two months ago is cupping of the boards and splitting of the beams. The boards have not surface checked and have no new end checks. The cupping in the boards will be dealt with by ripping them into narrower widths later.
From the original questioner:
I have 4 new Mizer 3/4 hardwood blades for this job and some fresh re-sharpened 7/8 Mizer blades if I have to use them. I'll try quarter sawing the 24" trunk maybe. Thanks for the tips.
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