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post #1 of 7 Old 05-18-2009, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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mesquite experience?

Has any one out there had any real experience with mesquite? I have an opportunity to get my hands on some at a fair price. I've read that it is a lot like working with old forklift skids (checks,cracks, bark inclusions) Still the finished product looks good to my eyes! How does it glue,planing?,any tips will be gratefully accepted. By the way I'm a fairly advanced woodworker,with a full set up of cabinet making tools. thanks,MIKE
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Mike, welcome to the forum. I'm sure some of the folks from texas will be chiming in to help you out.
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I would make sure that your iron is sharp as the mesquite tends to be hard on blades and edges.
Other than that, go for it.

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thanks for the thumbs up

Sounds like tool sharpening skills are going to be as important as jointery.HaHa Ha. I've seen some very artsy and creative work done with mesquite. This project is a personal one. Can have fun with out some one else having to be pleased.Maybe a clock first then a trunk with drawers? thanks again.Mike
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Dave from Arizona does a bit of work in mesquite, see if he chimes in.
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thanks again

any info will be taken seriously. If my first experience goes well,I'll probably get a load of 200 to 400 feet for stock. All the more reason to get that 20" planer I've been saving for. Mostly I work with cherry.Quite cheap at the cutters in Michigan.I like to buy in bulk at a mill. Buying at the hardwood stores at retail takes the fun out of a project! Glad to meet you all.thanks again.MIKE
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It makes excellent wood for smoking meats.

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