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09-18-2011 04:48 PM

We are now finishing up a mesquite wall unit. It has inset doors and drawer faces and the drawer faces were built with 5 piece cope and. Stick raised panel construction. It has turned out really nice. We will install it on Tues.

The customer wanted a distressed look. I found a scrap pile of mesquite on CL and we sorted through it and cleaned it up and built the unit. It features many worm holes and such, since the wood was the cut offs from another woodworker. The customer has visited and seen the work and is extremely happy.

It was the first time we have ever worked with mesquite. We do have a customer who wants us to build their kitchen cabinets out of mesquite.

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 04:53 PM

The mesquite kitchen customer has not been sold yet, though they seem very close to hiring us as they have also seen the mesquite wall unit in our shop and just love it.

One other thing I should mention. The hutch portion which is open and visible, was done in cherry plywood and the match is nearly identical to the mesquite.

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 06:07 PM

Jerry, I’m glad you’re about finished with it and would love to see some pictures of it after you get it installed.

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 02:06 AM

I will post some.

Small story related to this job. The customer wanted distressed, even asked we beat the wood with hammers and chains. Requested misquite if possible, otherwise would settle for walnut.

I found a local sawmill, they advertised their prices for mesquite at “97 inch board cost 9.00”. Armed with this knowledge I tell my customer I will gladly build his unit with mesquite. He gets extremely happy.

Then at the sawmill, I order 270 bf of mesquite. They try to charge me 1700.00. I held off, realized this blows the budget. The saw mill actually sells the mesquite at 9.00 bf. But they fail to list “b.f.” anywhere on their price sheet.

So then over the weekend I found a mesquite scrap pile for sale for 200.00. The wood was very distressed naturally, precisely what my customer was looking for. The pieces were chunks the seller did not want. Using the wood really added a ton of character to the project and it looks very distressed by natural means.

So the customer just loves the results.

And to think, mesquite trees are everywhere out here in TX and so there is an abundance of mesquite supply. Also, mesquite grows fast. So I see no reeason for the outrageous prices.

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