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Blackie_

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115 days ago

I bought my house back in 96 and this Mesquite tree has been in the back yard ever since, I’m not real sure how old it is but only that it’s always been a mature tree, I kept it for personal reasons, for it’s nice shade mainly but due to my dog eating the seed pods that fall to the ground and also the thorns, she doesn’t eat those but they can be sharp, I’ve decided to put it to more good use, the real small branches will go to land fill the very small limbs and logs will go to BBQ and the bigger stuff along with the main trunk will go to my shop big grin
I’ve located a local mill that said they could mill it and dry it for around $150 so I thought that was a real good deal.
It stretches up to 40’ in height and has a 20” in width trunk, I’m guessing it’s a honey Mesquite? though they don’t normally get this big as I’ve read.

Mesquites aren’t known for growing straight, more like all over the place bending and winding as the grow so I’m guessing this is about as straight as they get.

I’ve already started cutting on it as you can tell in the pictures.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs


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Boxguy

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#1 posted 115 days ago

Randy, looks like you have a big job on your hands. Work carefully and enjoy the wood.

-- Big Al in IN

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 115 days ago

WOW, Randy, do you every have a treasure there. We use a lot of mesquite in out shop in Az. One nice thing to do it cut some slabs through at a 30 of 45 degree angle to get nice oval table tops. picture frames, etc. Nice that you found a bandsaw mill to cut some flat stock. Oh and leave the yellow sap wood on the pieces for a nice effect. The scraps you can sell on E bay for grilling. No waste to that tree!

Save some for turning stock!! I wonder how the root would turn??

I’ll bet we see some beautiful projects come out of that tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I jealous!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Blackie_

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#3 posted 115 days ago

Thanks Big Al and Jim

Jim, I have a 14” with a riser I wonder if I can cut those slabs you mention?

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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HorizontalMike

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#4 posted 115 days ago

Dang! I’m jealous, to say the least! Got any scraps? ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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bigblockyeti

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#5 posted 115 days ago

Looks like fun, I’m still trying to locate a decent mill in my area.

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 115 days ago

I’ll keep you posted Mike :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Ronald G Campbell

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#7 posted 115 days ago

I see some great turnings there

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 115 days ago

Ronald, the smaller logs that are to small for boxes would be great for turns sadly I don’t have a lathe, no room for it, not sure if I’d use it if I did, boxing is keeping me very busy.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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grizzman

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#9 posted 115 days ago

TIMBER…..hope you enjoy working with your new wood, taking your time to do it right is very enjoyable…cant wait to see your first project from it, ive never used a kiln, did they say how long it takes to dry it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 115 days ago

Hi Grizz

First a bit that I’ve heard about Mesquite,

Mesquite at 1” thick can take up to 2 years stickered to dry and sometimes longer as it retains moisture due to it not needing much water, reason it thrives in hot dry desert climates.

At 1 1/2” thick it will take up to 6 months give or take to dry anything thicker can take up to a year depending to dry in a Kiln, the reason I thought $150 was a good deal with that time frame and electricity used.

If I use part of the wood for tables, I think 1.5” would be a good starting point also since I make my box walls at 5/8” thick I can resaw to get two halves.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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kiefer

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#11 posted 115 days ago

That will be interesting to see what becomes of this tree .
Too bad it will take some time to see what you will make from it .

-- Kiefer 松

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 115 days ago

I love mesquite. Very cool.

-- 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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Blackie_

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#13 posted 115 days ago

I’d be willing to bet half of you would have had this tree down after the min you bought this house LOL

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#14 posted 115 days ago

Randy,

I’m a tree huger! LOL! Sounds like you will honor this tree with your work! Plant another or maybe two? LOL!

I have two walnut trees that are a lot of mess to clean up, Squirrels think they are great. My cats are major hunters?

Looks like you might get some tension in the wood from this old knarley guy.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 115 days ago

I tell you what Thomas, you walk outside and let one of those thorns go through your foot and I’ll bet you’ll be cutting it down too :) no it hasn’t happened to me yet and it ain’t gone-a , once I saw a break off from it laying on the ground with two thorns sticking up that did it for me, just being proactive :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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