Mesquite Kitchen Island (Bookmatched)

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This is a recently finished kitchen island. The table is made of two bookmatched slabs of mesquite that are 7 feet long by 16 inches wide. The overall size is 84”x32”x2”. To get this width I had to glue them up with a small hole in the center, so I inlayed a piece of desert ironwood. The client’s idea. I wish I had a house big enough for an island this big, maybe someday.

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matt garcia

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#1 posted 02-19-2011 05:37 AM

Beautiful piece of lumber! I love Mesquite!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 05:44 AM


You’ve got a sawmill and lots of beautiful wood. Only very rich people and people with sawmills can make a one of a kind house! Great looking top anyway. I got two free walnut logs today, one with the root ball intact. I have to go pick them up tomorrow. How do you like your Timberking 1220?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 05:44 AM


-- “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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#4 posted 02-19-2011 06:17 AM

Lovely top!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 06:50 AM

Oh that is GREAT! I LOVE Mesquite. :) Nice work.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#6 posted 02-19-2011 08:58 AM

GREAT LOOKING counter top!! See you soon!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#7 posted 02-19-2011 01:17 PM

The beauty of is why I love woodworking so and this beautiful

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 02-19-2011 02:31 PM

That’s gorgeous, Bryant.

Better hurry, Gerry. If he keeps making big pieces from his mesquite, all he will have to sell will be that nasty old Claro Walnut.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 02-19-2011 06:54 PM

What a great looking project. Were getting ready to make one like this for our Outdoor Kitchen. You gave me a great idea on how you did the ends. I like the softness the end have with a slight curve.

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

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#10 posted 02-19-2011 08:00 PM

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#11 posted 02-20-2011 03:56 AM

Sexy. I wanted to usewood for my counter tops during a recent reno. but the powers that be talked me out of it. This is more beautiful than what i had in mind. Great Work.

-- Anthony

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