Another load of Mesquite

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Blog entry by Mesquiteman posted 1056 days ago 1060 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is really hard to pass up wood at the dump. After taking a load of junk to the dump I looked over and saw a decent amount of mesquite tree debris. Under the debris was the wood. Most of it was cut up to liftable lengths it looked like. These tree service guys don’t understand what they are throwing away. I attached some pics of what I got. Two nice burls, some small 12 inch diameter rounds and a monster log I had to pay an employee at the dump to lift in to my trailer. The big log is 40 inches at the crotch and 31 inches at the base. This is the nicest mesquite I have come across in 4 years and I found it at the dump! I have no idea how I am going to mill it, both my sawmills cut under 28 inches wide. I might end up buying a larger alaskan mill.

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#1 posted 1056 days ago

What a haul. Very nice!

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Michael Wilson

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#2 posted 1056 days ago

Ah ya make me wish I had a dump.

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#3 posted 1056 days ago

Sounds to me like somebody just wanted an excuse to buy a new sawmill. :) Bet your going to spend more time at the dump now.
I think I might pay that guy that works at the dump to call me when the tree guys come back.

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#4 posted 1056 days ago

Beautiful find! I’ve had the same problem lately with logs too big for my sawmill. I’d have to cut the log down so I could saw it…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 1056 days ago

I rarely come across mesquite logs I cant fit in my mill, but I have turned down other logs because they are to big. People around here get crazy money for these huge mesquite slabs. It is a horrible feeling cutting down large logs to fit. I have met a few sawyers from northern california who have made custom mills for sawing large walnut. I might try to build something similiar. The only problem with those mills are the kurf sizes are huge compared to my bandsaw sawmill. But I don’t have much of a choice.

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#6 posted 1056 days ago

I know exactly what you are talking about. My next equipment purchase (unless something I already have breaks…) is going to be a big chainsaw with a very long bar to use with an Alaskan mill to slab large walnut logs and to split some huge white and red oak trees I own. The kerf is about 1/4” but there is no other option I can afford.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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Arlin Eastman

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#7 posted 1056 days ago

If you want to sell some I would like to buy, but can only do with paypal.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 1056 days ago

nice find… that last pic reminds me how much I miss out on by not having my own mill.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#9 posted 1056 days ago

That’s some nice stuff for turning.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 1056 days ago

Wow. That is a nice load of good wood for turning! I tried to get some from the dump in Arizona and they would not let me go in and pick up any.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 1056 days ago

WOW!! Mesquite is gorgeous!! Nice find!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 1056 days ago

Some great looking wood. A nice gloat.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#13 posted 1056 days ago

Hi Arlin, what sizes would you be interested in. Mesquite is hard, heavy wood. Shipping would be expensive. If you ever come around Tucson, that would be your best bet to get some of the wood.

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#14 posted 1056 days ago

And my problem is that I can not find that kind of wood. Bryant, take look at Oregon Burls site, if I remember
correctly he was talking about that big chainsaw that he had standing beside him in one of his posts. I do
know that I would never volunteer to be on the stinger end of one of those saws. Glad to see that you
are having such a wonderful problem, and wish I could have the same problem.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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