Mesquite Rocking Chair

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Project by DrPepper posted 03-04-2010 03:27 PM 2465 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 03-04-2010 03:42 PM

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 03-04-2010 03:55 PM

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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#3 posted 03-04-2010 03:57 PM

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

-- To do is to be

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#4 posted 03-04-2010 04:00 PM

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

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#6 posted 03-04-2010 08:07 PM

very nice

-- -erik & christy-

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#7 posted 03-04-2010 09:37 PM

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 03-04-2010 09:50 PM

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 03-05-2010 05:15 PM


-- bill

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Eddie Elizondo

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#10 posted 06-29-2011 02:30 AM

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 06-29-2011 02:26 PM

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 06-29-2011 02:31 PM

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

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