From Logs to Slabs

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Project by Mesquiteman posted 01-27-2011 03:26 PM 4000 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After cutting thousands of boardfeet of the same local woods, (mainly mesquite), I felt like cutting something new. So I contacted a few people in central california to see if they had some claro walnut logs available. Sure enough they did. I ended up buying 7 nice logs. The biggest being about 32 inches in diameter and 8 feet long. It was the first time cutting claro walnut, I am very impressed. Compared to mesquite it cuts like butter and it seems relatively stable in the drying process. The figure is of course amazing. All the logs seem to have fiddleback or crotch figure.

Mesquite Man sawmilling

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 03:29 PM

Wow, great looking lumber!

Looks like that Timber King does a fine job of sawing.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 04:02 PM

Better than porn :) but still not as good a as a new tool

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 04:14 PM

A very sneaky way to put a wood gloat in. Now all I have to do is save frantically for a year or two before I
dare ask how much you want for the ones you are willing to part with. The picture of the Timberking with
the slab is just too much temptation for a poor apprentice. Which do I want more? LOL. Thank you for
sharing and giving us something new to strive for

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 05:23 PM

This really, really makes me want to get me a mill! looks awesome.

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 05:29 PM

Beautiful wood, I wish I lived close to you I probably try to buy some from you.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 05:32 PM

Agree. Firguring is amazing. What will you make first? Cannot wait to see what is made from these.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 06:09 PM

Very cool. Love the look of the slabs.

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

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 07:07 PM

Do you sell any of you wood? That is amazing wood. I also love to use live edge wood in my furniture.

-- donald mee

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 08:31 PM


Congratulations on your sawmill and your walnut! I just bought a Timberking 1220 too. My walnut logs are still on the stump and I’ve got to get a log arch built to move them and a backhoe rented to get the stumps out when I get the logs. Your walnut lumber looks fantastic. So far it’s been freezing, snowing or sleeting ever since I bought the mill. Spring has got to get here soon.

I hope your mesquite business is growing as well. Congratulations again!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 08:39 PM

I appreciate the comments. The timberking is an amazing mill. If you have the ability to get logs, it is a great investment. Most of the furniture I build and consign to local galleries is natural edge. I guess you could say Nakashima inspired. Although, most of the legs or bases I do are much different. Wood is truly amazing, I had a client tell me they wanted a mesquite dining table, so I agreed. Then Half way through the build they wanted it stained walnut to match there cabinets. So intstead of ruining the natural beauty mesquite, I talked him into going with walnut. That is how I ended up getting the logs. So many colors of wood, why have stain?

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 10:15 PM

Those are some awesome slabs. I’ll have a bowl blank out of the last pic right under the bark inclusion. Aww, throw in the inclusion too,haha. I still don’t know what “fiddle back” is describing if anyone wants to enlighten me. Everything I have seen that says “fiddle back” looks like an extremely “curly” figure. Is this pretty accurate or is “fiddle back” something different entirely?



-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#12 posted 01-28-2011 07:53 AM

Now that is real sweet lumber.

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#13 posted 01-29-2011 06:54 PM

Did you dry this lumber? If so how, and for how long?

-- Dustin, Central Coast California

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#14 posted 01-29-2011 07:52 PM

Hola, Mesquiteman! —I have been thinking of making a coffee table with a live-edge mesquite slab top, 6/4 to 8/4 thick, at least 44” long, and probably 20” wide (or possibly 2 matched boards if it is too difficult to get a single wide slab). The problem is I would need it shipped to Michigan. Let me know if this is possible …

-- “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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#15 posted 01-29-2011 08:20 PM

Once the lumber is cut, I sticker each board and air dry for about 8 months to a year per inch thickness. Luckily, Tucson is very dry and hot, similiar to a kiln. I built a dining table for myself out of mesquite that the slabs only had 4 months dry time and they haven’t moved. Mesquite is very dimensionally stable.

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