Cherry/Mesquite Coffee Table --

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Project by Luddite posted 01-22-2015 01:53 PM 1582 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a cherry coffee table with mesquite trim and highlights for a friend. I used a mesquite center board and breadboard ends with turquoise inlays in the natural cracks and fissures within the mesquite. I also placed raised “butterflies” on the top in mesquite as well.

When preparing the top I made tenons with shoulders for each board and then glued them up. A lot less frustrating to do then after the fact.

The endcaps worked out great. I then cut a small dado between the breadboard end and the top to place a thin strip of raised wood and finished off the ends with ebony pegs.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 01-22-2015 04:12 PM

Very nice.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 04:57 PM

Beauty. Proportions, wood choice, and execution are right on. Well done Terry.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 12:49 AM

This is a very attractive piece. Thanks for sharing. I get to Tucson about once a year, is mesquite reasonably priced there?

-- Art

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 01:46 AM

Mesquite is by far my favorite wood!

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 03:45 AM


Thanks guys, I truly appreciate your comments.

AandCstyle. Mesquite varies here but most places will go for 4/4 at 9-10 dollars a bf It’s usually full size and rough. South of me is mesquitr valley. The are very high priced at 20 a bf. The local Hoods lumber carries some nice bits at about the same. I go there at times since the Barrio Brewery is across the road. Great lunch.

Some places on the web offer much lower prices but the shipping will hit you hard.

Let me know when you’re thinking about coming our way and I can check with some of the local joes.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#6 posted 01-23-2015 01:15 PM

Mesquite is by far my favorite wood!

- texretvet

I sure do love that Texas hill country mesquite.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#7 posted 01-23-2015 02:45 PM

Beautiful work, Terry.

There is literally tons of old mesquite, stacked under cover, behind a furniture repair shop on 4th avenue.
During the 4th Avenue fall fair last year, I found it but could not locate the owner. Might be worthwhile to do some detective work.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 01-24-2015 01:52 AM

Great looking table, nice choice of wood. I have never had the chance to work with Mesquite, maybe someday I can get my hands on some.

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#9 posted 01-26-2015 12:57 PM


That’ll be the old Arroyo Design shop on 4th. The owners last name is Paul. I had woodworking friends who worked there over the years.

The owner is now involved in setting up a distillery in town. Not bad stuff. They have a mesquite smoked whiskey. I did a project for a local restaurant and was paid with a bottle.

Have you been to Caruso’s on 4th ave in Tucson? Great place.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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