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Offline Mo_coon-catcher

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Hackberry for backing?
« on: September 11, 2019, 10:32:46 am »
Iím curious if anyone has messed with hackberry for a backing material. I helped TimBo to process a large hackberry tree, in addition to one I cut a couple weeks before that. We got several staves that split out as squares about 4Ēx4Ē or bigger and about 6-6.5í long. Iím thinking real hard about rippinga couple of these I to slats on the table saw to use in future projects for backing, since Iíve heard itís supposed to be tough in tension. It may not be as stiff and snappy as hickory, but I feel itíll go well with some softer belly materials. What do you all think?

Kyle
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Offline Bayou Ben

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Re: Hackberry for backing?
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019, 10:41:16 am »
I think it would be great for softer belly materials.  I thought the same thing when I processed a hackberry tree a few months ago.  I didn't have a chance to try it yet, but I do plan to. 

Offline willie

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Re: Hackberry for backing?
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 05:40:50 pm »
why not with even a harder belly materiel? especially some woods that do well with a trapped back

Offline Hamish

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Re: Hackberry for backing?
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 05:57:51 pm »
Give it a go. Its a bit like elm, and elm used to be used as backs in Europe before hickory was readily available.

Offline TimBo

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Re: Hackberry for backing?
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 06:00:41 pm »
Hey, I recognize that hackberry...I got a couple more belly splits and kerfed a wide one into two staves, and have another big pile of wood to deal with now!

Offline dylanholderman

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Re: Hackberry for backing?
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2019, 07:27:09 pm »
Ask around and see if anyone you know has a jointer, I think it could make getting started easier.

Offline Mo_coon-catcher

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Re: Hackberry for backing?
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2019, 08:11:34 pm »
There were an awesful lot of staves in that tree. Was there many more left in that log chunk that was left that night?
With it being a fairly low mass wood I figured it would pair better with light stuff. But itíll more than likely be fine with harder belly material. I can get enough Iíll try it on lots of things.
Luckily my friends father had a cabinet shop with a nice jointer and table saw I can use to cut up a few of these better hackberry blocks.

Kyle

Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Hackberry for backing?
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2019, 12:14:29 am »
I think you guys need to stay out of trouble with so much wood to play with!  Wouldn't know a hackberry if it fell on me )-w(!  Unless those knarly tree in the the Buckhorn Skinners meeting area are hackberry - the landowner says they were knarly since she was little and she is older than me and has lived there all her life.  Sounds like a worthwhile experiment, how would the HB work with Osage?
Missed you and TimBo at MoJam, but the heat index flat kicked my rearend!
Hawkdancer
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