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Color: Pecan heartwood is reddish brown with dark brown stripes; sapwood is white or creamy white with pinkish tones. Hickory heartwood is tan or reddish; sapwood is white to cream, with fine brown lines.

Grain: Pecan is open, occasionally wavy or irregular. Hickory is closed, with moderate definition; somewhat rough-textured.

Variations Within Species & Grades: Only one species is native to the United States. In both hickory and pecan, there are often pronounced differentiations in color between spring wood and summer wood. In pecan, sapwood us usually graded higher than dark heartwood. Pecan and hickory are traditionally mixed by flooring mills.

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Hardness/Janka: 1820; 41% harder than Northern Red Oak. Pecan is slightly softer than true hickories.

Durability: Combination of strength, hardness, toughness and stiffness found in no other commercial wood; exceedingly high shock resistance.

Sawing/Machining: Hickory species’ density makes it difficult to season, machine and work with hand tools.

Sanding: Difficult to sand because of density, and because light color makes sander marks show more than on dark woods.

Nailing: Good holding ability; prone to splitting.

Finishing: No known problems.

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