Hickory 8/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Hickory 8/4 Lumber

$9.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $9.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $7.49 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details
  1. Enter your finished dimensions
  2. Tap "Add to List"
  3. Repeat for as many sizes as you need
  4. Add to cart when you're ready
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About Lumber Sizes & Shipping Length Restrictions

Hickory lumber comes in random sizes, but within certain ranges. Here's what you can expect.

4" to 6" Widths

Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range. You can request specific widths or add a straight edge rip in the order form.

6' to 12' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock. We always try to ship the longest possible lengths, but to make it easier on you and us, request length ranges in the order form.

Length Shipping Restrictions
84" (7') long max
We always try to ship the longest lengths possible, depending on the quantity you order and what we have available at that time. But 7' is the longest length we can reasonably ship by UPS & FedEx
8' to 12' long is possible
8' and longer can be shipped truck freight, but this method is usually economical only for shipments that are at least 350 lbs (approx 100 board feet); Please contact us if you have questions.

1-13/16" Thickness

Also known as 8/4, S2S. Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 1-3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project..
Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

How Lumber Ordering Works

1

Decide how much you need in Board Feet. Best way to get help with this is to use our Project Planner worksheet

2

Consider how much extra you want for arranging grain or color, fixing mistakes, testing cut set ups or finishes.

3

Choose your size requirements, if you have any, in the order form.

This wood is just like you: it's strong and good looking!
 
Hickory is for those who like something with a touch of character and a touch of class all in one. The wood exhibits color variation from nearly white to a dark leathery tan, and that combo is known as calico. The wood is hardy and durbable, which makes it great for nearly anything from furniture to cabinetry.

About Hickory (Carya spp)

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Weight

4.16

lbs /Bd. Ft.
16.20% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

1880

Janka Rating
45.74% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.64

Specific Gravity
Same as red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak

map of where Hickory tree grows
Hickory is a domestic wood from North America

Extremely tough and resilient with the rustic charm of colory variety and open grain. Don't be fooled, hickory can be difficult to manipulate by hand, but it looks wonderful when finished.

color of Hickory
Color Range
White cream with brown streaks to tan.
the Hickory tree
What's The Tree Like?
A large tree with a massive trunk reaches heights of 160 feet with 6-7 feet diameters. Has a very long life - up to 350 years.
other names for Hickory
Other Names
Shellbark hickory, Hickory, Big shagbark hickory, Kingnut
uses for Hickory
Some Typical Uses
Baseball bats, cabinetry, Drum sticks, Fishing rods, Flooring, Skis, Sporting Goods, Textile equipment, Tool handles, Vehicle parts

Lumber 101: What to Know About Hardwood Lumber

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
  1. Pick a wood you like
  2. Decide how much you need
  3. Give us your specs (if you have any)

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

15
Ratings Snapshot
4.5
out of 5
5 (11)
4 (2)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (1)
Would recommend this product?
93.3%
4.5
out of 5
5 (11)
4 (2)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (1)
Would recommend this product?
93.3%
15 Total Reviews
March 11, 2020
5 out of 5
Great
Review by  Dave from Northern California
Great piece no checking no knots thanks
Verified Buyer
Recommended
December 7, 2019
5 out of 5
Spectacular service!
Review by  Michael Sherman from Chino
I have never ordered from them before and needed a hickory board for some handling. Tried it out and gave general use info and the board I received exceeded my expectations. It was beautiful! High quality. Thank you!!! Michael Sherman
Verified Buyer
Recommended
June 21, 2019
4 out of 5
Nice wood ready to work
Review by  Dave from Philly
Nice dry hunk of Hickory. My bit was a mix of heartwood and lighter sapwood. Worked great for the axe handles I made. Satisfied customer.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
April 19, 2019
1 out of 5
Both pieces split down the middle
Review by  Greg from Tennessee
Ordered 2 - 8/4 pieces of hickory. Both split down the middle. One piece the split has rendered half the board unusable for the project. The entire idea of order 8/4 is that you need thicker wood. By the time i plane down, it will be a 4/4. Each piece was $50 each. I would cost me that much to ship them back. Not worth the hassle.
Verified Buyer
March 28, 2019
5 out of 5
Hickory for coffee table
Review by  Roger from Murfreesboro TN
I ordered several hickory planks to build a coffee table
Verified Buyer
Recommended
January 21, 2019
5 out of 5
Hickory
Review by  hickory planks from Murfreesboro TN
The hickory planks I received are absolutely beautiful. I plan to use them to build a coffee table.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
15 Total Reviews
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Lumber Grades Explained
If you're expecting perfect clear lumber 100% of the time, you're in for a surprise. Here's a summary of the hardwood lumber grades and what to expect from them.
3 Steps To Figure Out How Much Lumber You Need
Board feet isn't your everyday kind of math, but these three simple steps make it easy to figure out your project.
Project Planner Worksheet
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