Mesquite Rocking Chair

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Project by DrPepper posted 1604 days ago 2285 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this chair for my daughter. Thought that mesquite would go well with her house as she as mostly Texas themes in it. Used plans from Robert Hensarling after attending his school in Uvalde, TX last year where he works exclusively in mesquite. It is quite challenging to work with mesquite due to all the splits and voids and you will need almost twice the raw stock you think to make it work, but I thought it turned out well.

-- Dr.Pepper, Tx

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Rob W

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#1 posted 1604 days ago

Beautiful chair. I am just starting one with plans from Charles Brock and hope it turns out as nice.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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Marco Cecala

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#2 posted 1604 days ago

Living in Arizona, I get the chance to work with Mesquite. I always thought a chair would be too difficult. Your fine work has given me inspiration.

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Jon Spelbring

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#3 posted 1604 days ago

Nicely done! I’m sure that your daughter will love it!

-- To do is to be

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#4 posted 1604 days ago

Nicely done, the wood looks great, it does have a rustic look with beautiful color.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#5 posted 1604 days ago


-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#6 posted 1604 days ago

very nice

-- -erik & christy-

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#7 posted 1604 days ago

That is a great looking rocking chair. Your daughter will love it.
I enjoy working with mesquite also, it can be a challenge, but the finished product is well worth it.

Noticed you are in Rosebud, close to Cyclone BBQ, great place to eat.
Drop me a PM if you are ever going to be up towards Waco.

BTW- where did you get your mesquite?? I am always looking for sources.

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#8 posted 1604 days ago

Thanks everyone, it was quite a challenge! Dave-I picked up the wood at Nave Sawmill in Kingsville, just south of Corpus Christi where my son lives. A much closer source is, just outside of Bastrop. He is competative on the price and will work with you to provide what you need.

-- Dr.Pepper, Tx

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#9 posted 1603 days ago


-- bill

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Eddie Elizondo

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#10 posted 1123 days ago

You did a great job on the chair. Mesquite always looks great. What did you use to finish it.

-- Eddie -

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#11 posted 1123 days ago

I used the traditional Maloof finish of 1/3 Tung Oil, 1/3 Poly, 1/3 Boiled Lindseed Oil-4 coats and 3 coats of 1/2 Poly, 1/2 Carnuba Wax.

-- Dr.Pepper, Tx

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#12 posted 1123 days ago

Beautiful looking rocker. Love the look of mesquite. Nice job!

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