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Wood of The Month: Hickory
Simply mentioning the word “Hickory” can make mouths water, thanks to its association with a BBQ, but there’s more to Hickory than a delicious flavor. It’s a prominent tree in the Southeast, and grows very large, reaching heights of 160 feet and expanding to 7 feet in diameter. It’s also a wood that’s readily available right in our North Carolina facility.
Hickory is a fairly strong wood that blunts cutting tools, but takes finishes and glues beautifully. One of Hickory’s key characteristics is the ability to be steam bent, which is something wood workers look for when making very unique pieces.
Hickory is often chosen for its rustic look of sharply contrasting variations of light and dark. Its various knots, lend it a charming character.
Hickory is commonly used in flooring and trim, which we custom mill in our North Carolina facility. With our state of the art machinery, we can create long flooring boards while maintaining a high standard of quality. Below you’ll find pictures of our hard workers in North Carolina creating an order of long-length Hickory Flooring.
We sort every piece that comes into our warehouse to make sure that the best structurally sound boards are used for the finish product
Each board is cut in our laser guided gang rip saw to produce to remove defects and produce a high quality board.
Each board is now beautifully cut to create a defect free piece that can be used for long length flooring.
Our molder is state of the art to deliver the precise cuts that create a seamless t&g floor.
Our mill manager Wes Blair takes pride in each of our special orders and inspects that the job is being done well.
Our molder takes care of cutting the t&g for each board. Running at about 75% speed, it ensures that each board is cut precisely and to our standards of quality.
The beautiful hickory that was gang ripped and passed through the molder gets it’s final coating in our UV finishing line. This adds the beautiful gloss and protection to the wood.
By running this machine at lower speeds, we sacrifice some quantity but our quality of work is compromised.
Once the machine applies the UV coating, it gets inspected before being stacked and prepared for shipment.