Next Friday, a friend from Canada and I will venture into the wilds of the Sonoran Desert south of Tucson, AZ to harvest some Mesquite. Hopefully, we’ll get some good stuff.
A current project requires resawing 5.5” Mesquite and I’ve had quite a time with it. Finally determined that I needed to tighten the belt on my Shopsmith. Cuts like butter now….well a lot better, anyhow.
Sort of a rambling intro to a project build I will photo shoot. It is a series of pistol presentation boxes, built entirely from Mesquite and lined with leather.
So far, I have only made the piece which nestles the pistol and magazine (Glock) and have the pieces resawn. Resawing has exposed some very interesting voids which will be filled with turquoise chips and silver. I use dental amalgam for the silver and casting resin to bind the turquoise chips.
Still cogitating on the method of cornering the box. Leaning towards keyed miters.
-- 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