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Mesquite Tree #2: Time for Tree to Come down

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Blog entry by Blackie_ posted 04-17-2014 04:50 PM 1079 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Mesquite Tree Coming Down Part 2 of Mesquite Tree series Part 3: Logs On the Trailer »

The story continues into this past couple weeks of 4/2014

12 years later, I am now deep into my woodworking and the Mesquite was on it’s last leg, wasn’t providing the shade it used to aside the thorns falling to the ground and the seed pods that my dog was eating, for these reasons I decided to go ahead and take the tree down.

Mesquites along with oaks have many great uses, the most popular is their use in BBQ, there’s nothing like meat cooked over Mesquite, they also work in the fireplace as it burns very hot and finally in the woodworking field it produces some very pretty wood.

The top of the tree, small twigs and branches went to landfill, a few of the slightly bigger limbs I gave to my neighbor for use with BBQ. all of the rest that’s to small for box making I have stacked up along the back fence and the base along with the larger logs I will be taking to have milled, I have already sectioned the trunk into 4’ lengths but I may have to section them down more as trying to man handle these is not easy and I still have to get them all to the front yard.

In these pictures below I had already cut some of the top out.

The tree is now completely down and these pictures show the stack against the fence.

These pictures show where the tree used to stand.

These pictures show the main trunk and the larger logs from the tree that will go to the mill.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs



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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 04-17-2014 04:55 PM

Thanks for paying tribute! :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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patron

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 04:58 PM

well done

looks like pic #5 has some spalting
like eyes and a white tail

might be nice for a box
maybe a lunch box

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Blackie_

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#3 posted 04-17-2014 05:04 PM

Oh hey David, sorry I should have mentioned not all of that wood stacked along the fence is Mesquite, it’s stacked up against other species such as post oak, hackberry, Live Oak and China Berry some of that is to be thrown out it’s cracked to badly I didn’t get the chance to mill it before it cracked, I think what you are looking at is hackberry.

The Post and Live oak are going to the fireplace, they don’t play well with blades too dang hard, the hackberry is going to landfill to badly cracked but the china berry I just got so I might take it to the mill also.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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patron

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 05:06 PM

what i was looking at
is your dog ‘lunchbox’

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 04-17-2014 05:37 PM

Oh Slaps Palm On forehead :)

That there is my pride-in-joy and yes she is a self made lunch box more like a goat. LOL

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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grfrazee

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#6 posted 04-17-2014 08:11 PM

If you’re looking to offload any, I’ve been making planes out of it. The stuff is wonderfully stable once dry and has a ratio of tangential-to-radial shrinkage of almost 1.0.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#7 posted 04-17-2014 08:27 PM

I took one down last week, I couldn’t handle trying to mow around it anymore with the ZTrac John Deere. Everytime I did I ended up with a half dozen holes in the tires. Then there was the episode of having a young branch come down on top of me. It died young, but retained all those darned thorns.
It is gone, I gave it to my boss to use for smoking brisket. It should last him a few years.

I’m so sick of that bush, and it’s gone forever!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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gagewestern

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#8 posted 04-17-2014 10:03 PM

Is that a Keeshond.

-- gagewestern

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#9 posted 04-17-2014 10:47 PM

I like your story – my first walnut tree was the only tree left on the lot when the house was built – a neighbor convinced the developer to leave it, I am now tending its two offspring and hope to get a pile of lumber someday.
Glad to see you are putting the wood to good use – looks like you will have a lot to work with.
I was also going to ask about the dog – I would guess at least half Keeshond, but looks larger than a typical purebred.

Keep us posted on the progress – I will be interested to hear how the milling and drying goes.

-- Leafherder

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 04-19-2014 03:14 PM

Oh I know what you mean Dallas

No Gagewestern, she’s a Norwegian Elkhound

Thanks Leafherder.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Blackie_

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#11 posted 04-19-2014 03:19 PM

Oh I know what you mean Dallas

No Gagewestern, she’s a Norwegian Elkhound

Thanks Leafherder.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#12 posted 05-13-2014 11:43 AM

I see the 4-legged foreman is keeping the cutter in line. LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Blackie_

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#13 posted 05-13-2014 03:24 PM

That’s the supervisor Roger. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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