Hicksville Planing Mill

Yesterday,  Jeff and I went up to Hicksville mill , nothing fancy here , just hard-working folks and lots of wood , they are not on-line , do not take Credit cards , and can be a bit difficult to get on a phone, they are running around moving lumber and working, BUT if you are willing to make the trip you will be able to buy nice material at VERY reasonable prices , they simply will take the fork lift set off a bundle of what ever species you want and let you pick thru and select what you want , no pressure , and as nice a folk as you will meet …they can also surface your stock , they do turnings, flooring , moulding , and CNC work, you can google them for a map and address , but if you go , you will wonder if you are lost , they are out in the rural area, but it was certainly worth the trip , got some mahogany , got a piece of 16/4 , ribbon stripped, for resaw for a bombe drawer fronts, this way it will all be the same figure , ribbon cut can be tough to deal with , and it can be a challenge to finish , a dye directly on it the soft part of the ribbon will go very dark, quick , like a crotch , but if you know how t work it , it is quite beautiful, the key is to seal it before finishing , i like to use a water based finish , as it dries totally clear , and doesnt distort the figure , I also have some 12/4 genuine mahogany for the bombe sides , as well as all the case work , this ribbon mahogany is african mahogany , the sides and everything else is genuine mahogany, the genuine material is typically Honduran or Santa Domingo , i like the latter , however it is quite expensive , the african is not nearly so, several reasons , there is a plentiful supply , and its more difficult to work with , you can google and find a lot of info on it, color can vary from african to genuine , I can mix them because i will be coloring it , my dominate for using the 16/4 , it to be able to get a consistent and same grain from one tree , and be able to have it the same in 11 drawers …not very often you get to do that…

African ribbon can be quite fuzzy , and can tear out easily , so working it like a high figured curly maple , when it comes to planing will be the ticket , in my case I will abrasive surface it, or better put sand it to dimension , and will grain fill the entire piece using , timbermate filler ( mahogany), but what we will get will be super…when we get into the bombe’s we will tag ya along …here are some photos of Hicksville mill.

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9 Responses to Hicksville Planing Mill

  1. Monte West says:

    Hi:

    Where in what state is this lumber yard?
    Do they have Quarter sawn white oak?
    I hope you had a good time in the Big candy store.
    Monte

  2. Monte, they are in maryland, about 2 hours north of me,not sure about the oak, but would feel confident they do , they got about everything else , they got bubinga, wenge , and several other exotics and i saw every domestic i can think of, just google them and it showes exactly where they are located

  3. Denis Rezendes says:

    very very cool… hopefully i cant visit them someday… looks like they have some great stock

  4. Kevin Jaynes says:

    Sound like my kind of people. Thursday (in our case Monday and Sunday) is their private time or else a big money day “by appointment”.

    Good wood on top of it all. Thumbs up.

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  6. Zan Fleming says:

    I just discovered your site while looking for info about Hicksville Planing Mill. I have really enjoyed looking through your archives and look forward to following your craft. Question: I have logs from a massive 4 ft tulip poplar that was felled by a storm. The wood is highly figured and colorful. I know that tulip poplar is generally not suitable as a primary wood, but for artistic and sentimental reasons would like to make some furniture out of it. Would you or your readers advise me against it? If not, I am looking for a saw mill within 50 miles of Harpers Ferry that could rough out the lumber, season it, and finish it. Do they do this at Hicksville? Any other mills around here? Many thanks!

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  8. joseph says:

    Does anyone know if the material is KD or green ?

  9. Joseph, Its all kiln dried,,

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