From Mesquite Slab to cutting board

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Project by dozer326 posted 12-08-2009 05:31 PM 10771 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted this in the trade and swap category a week ago and didn’t sell the slabs. So I put them to good use. It was a shame to cut these up into cutting boards, but they will make great Christmas presents.

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Is anyone interested in mesquite slabs? I have about 2000 bd ft of mesquite. The slabs pictured are 67”long x 22-28” wide x 2” thick ( approx. 22 bd ft each). I have a total of 6 of these and 12 slabs measuring 8.5’ long x 2’ wide 6/4. Let me know if you would like some more photos. I hate to sell them but I have to pay for tuition next spring. I know that a lot of people sell these for $15 a ft or more, Let me know what they are worth to you.

Just kidding! I wouldn’t cut these slabs if it were the last wood on earth and I was freezing in Antartica! The cutting boards are mesquite and maple. This was my first attempt at making cutting boards. The first 3 or 4 were a lot of fun to make. The last 8 have been a little grueling. I am planning to make some end grain boards out of some Pecan that I milled and, of course, mesquite. Slabs are still available.

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#1 posted 12-08-2009 05:37 PM

i almost missed the last paragraph. i was having trouble reading through the tears. the boards came out nicely.

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#2 posted 12-08-2009 05:54 PM

so, we still have a chance of making cutting boards out of those? sweeeet…. ;o)

nice cutting boards!

Impressive the number of boards you were popping out

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#3 posted 12-08-2009 06:00 PM

Lets see, what those cutting boards really need is a lot of mesquite smoked brisket. You may think that you can hide by not listing your location but mess with those boards and the LJ patrol will find you.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#4 posted 12-08-2009 06:05 PM

Hey how about cutting them up to make pens ….all kidding aside your cutting boards look great !
Where do you live ? shipping might be to expensive to CA

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#5 posted 12-08-2009 06:18 PM

Thanks, I live in Tucson, AZ. Well, I was also thinking of grinding them into chips and selling them to Kingsford for their “Mesquite Charcoal”. There are some more really beautiful slabs that I have milled but these are the only photos I have right now. I wish I had a 24” planer to take them down with. All in time…Right now I just jack my car up, put chains on the tires and put them under the rear tire to smooth them out. It’s all about creativity.

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#6 posted 12-08-2009 07:14 PM

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#7 posted 12-08-2009 07:42 PM

Don’t you dare grind them up. I see a few nice tables or benches coming from those.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 12-08-2009 08:52 PM

Cuttin’ boards look great! I wish I lived closer to Tucson. I would have to make a road trip to get a couple of slabs.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#9 posted 12-08-2009 09:35 PM

Dozer, if you weren’t so far away I would love to get a couple, but the shipping to Indiana would be a little expensive I think.

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#10 posted 12-08-2009 09:51 PM

you may be in luck Indiana. I’m driving to Chicago and then to Cleveland on December 17th. Does that help? I’d be willing to tote a couple up there as long as they fit in the back of my Jeep.

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#11 posted 12-08-2009 10:15 PM

When are you coming to Florida?


-- Gary, Florida

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#12 posted 12-09-2009 12:17 AM

Cleveland, that’s a long haul. What be the chances of getting one of those cutting boards made. Like the long strips over the checkerboard pattern. Is maple the other wood ?

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#13 posted 12-09-2009 12:35 AM

Very Funny Dozer you had me saying aaaharge nutts, but nice boards any how

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#14 posted 12-09-2009 02:25 AM

I am making 15 of those cutting boards as Christmas presents, what’s one more? Do you want end grain 8/4×8/4 or make it easy on me and do the 5/4×5/4? Yes the other wood is maple. There is an abundance of maple trees in Arizona that they are paying me to cut down. Just kidding. I bought the maple. It was painful to own a sawmill and have to buy lumber, but I needed the contrast for the cutting boards. I have some pecan that I milled but I’m unsure how it will look with the mesquite. I will post a pic when I’m done. I will start on it tomorrow, should be done Friday.

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#15 posted 12-09-2009 03:28 AM

Fantastic boards. As for your cutting the slabs up…..that was just wrong! funny but wrong. hahahaha

Great job. Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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