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Paul59

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558 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: mesquite question rustic

I have some property that has been let go for some time, and is now crawling with Mesquites, most of which needs to be cleared out. I hate the thought of all of this wood ending up in the BBQ pit, and would like to try using some of it in the workshop. It is a beautiful wood, but very crooked and very hard. Does anyone have any suggestions for working with mesquite? Any particular types of projects it lends itself to well? Any pitfalls to look out for, other than spending a lot of time sharpening tools?

-- "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the sea." ~Antoine de Saint Exupery


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 558 days ago

Contact Andy – code name gfadvm. He has made several projects with mesquite.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 558 days ago

I have used it for jewelery boxes, clip boards and tables tops. I did not find it difficult to work with at all and I wish that I had more of it. Some of the mesquite grain can be quite amazing.

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 558 days ago

It’s a great turning wood.

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#4 posted 558 days ago

This is good to know. I live in North Texas and there are mesquite trees all around here (there’s even a suburb of Dallas named after it). I never thought about doing anything with it.

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RogerInColorado

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#5 posted 558 days ago

When it’s in your backyard its a weed. A thousand miles away it is precious and priced like gold.

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Paul59

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#6 posted 557 days ago

Here, it’s a weed. Grows like crazy, and almost impossible to get rid of. I’m going to have to put some thought into finding a good project for it.

-- "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the sea." ~Antoine de Saint Exupery

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