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Project by dozer326 posted 1493 days ago 4735 views 2 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple of logs I cut the other day. Yes the background is desert, all 107 degrees of it. But don’t worry, I finally put up a canopy for shade. The first slabs are roughly 38” wide at their widest point and 2” thick. The other log is around 10 feet. Only about 450 logs to go! They say it is cooling off next week. Only high 90’s.





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robert triplett

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#1 posted 1493 days ago

It looks like you need to take a vacation to the High Desert in Northern California. Oh, and bring some of that wood with you. It was about 80 degrees today and then cooled off with a nice breeze! Beautiful wood. Is this going on the market?
Robert

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#2 posted 1493 days ago

The rivers are rising in South Dakota just from my drooling…

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#3 posted 1493 days ago

Wow That is awesome!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 1493 days ago

I’m jealous…..wish I had some fancy mesquite…..and a mill….and a place to store everything…..nice!!!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#5 posted 1493 days ago

Hey Dozer, that is the biggest Mesquite I’ver ever seen. I thought they had big ones in Wickenburg, but I never saw a Mesquite tree that big. Where did they come from and how did you manage to get so many? Are you keeping any big pieces for turning? What do you sell if for per board foot?
I’d use that one in the picture without cutting any more slabs from it!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ll be the snakes and scorpions have come out with that weather. We are in Casa Grande for the winter and they are not around then.

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

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dozer326

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#6 posted 1493 days ago

Thanks for the comments. I harvested about 170 trees from a highway construction job. There was an irrigation ditch running along the highway 20 feet away from the tree line. These trees are at least 75 years old and had a great water source. That’s what makes them so rare and valuable. Send me a message if you are truly interested in getting some of this wood. Board foot prices “Vary” between $6-30 bd ft. based on size, character, my mood, if I like you, when rent is due, and the time since my last meal. I’m located abotu 3-40 minutes from Casa Grande.

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1493 days ago

Wow That’s amazing wood

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ZeroThreeQuarter

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#8 posted 1493 days ago

your desert provides much more then mine does.. another reason Vegas isn’t meant for woodworkers :(

nice setup, i’m DEFINITELY jealous..
might need to make a trip and get some of that from you! haha

If you come to Vegas, let me know, I might wanna buy some wood from you o bring with you! :)

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#9 posted 1493 days ago

If you’ve got a spare log could you roll it to the east coast, I’ll pick it up, stick a sail on it and sail it back to England myself.

Mesquite does float, doesn’t it?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#10 posted 1493 days ago

Drooling as I type, just beautiful gain flow…thanks for the tease…BC

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RichardH

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#11 posted 1493 days ago

Sure do love Mesquite – that’s a great mill you’ve built. I see a lot of mesquite in TX and occasionally get a few chunks from friends for my turning. The big ones I see are like you have posted here – wide at the base, but split pretty low from the ground so you don’t get the big straight giant log you might on a large oak,etc.

BTW, you probably know this, but Mesquite wood makes some of the best looking hardwood floors I’ve ever seen. Just need to build yourself a giant planer with tongue and groove routers and you are good to go ;-)
Neat post. Cheers, Richard

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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dbhost

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#12 posted 1492 days ago

Your profile says you are in Tucson. When you are done working, take off up to Summerhaven. I used to go up there all the time when I lived there. Man I miss Arizona…

Oh yeah, nice Mesquite too!

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BlueStingrayBoots

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#13 posted 1492 days ago

What kind of blades do you use?

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douglbe

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#14 posted 1492 days ago

That is beautiful wood. I was in Sierra Vista, AZ last August and seen a lot of Mesquite trees, my daughter had a couple in her yard, just couldn’t figure out a good way to get some home on the plane. Very nice.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#15 posted 1492 days ago

Awesome wood, I’m jealous, congrats

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