Mesquite table inlaid with Turquoise

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Project by simarilan posted 05-27-2015 12:54 PM 2542 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mesquite wood table with Turquoise inlay. The table top and side boards were cut from a stump found in a brush pile north of Mineral Wells, Texas. A blue tinted epoxy was used to inlay the Turquoise, and the blue tint can be seen in filled area in the center of the table top along the “live edge” of the Mesquite wood. The table is 18” x 18” and is 20” high. Legs and dowels are stained oak.

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#1 posted 05-27-2015 12:55 PM

How beautiful! Incredible work on this! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 05-27-2015 02:40 PM

Great mirror finish! I’m a brush pile stump hunter myself, so it’s nice to see some projects made from scavenging.

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 05-27-2015 03:05 PM two favorite materials, mesquite and turquoise.
And you have used them so artfully. Great looking table.

-- 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

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#4 posted 05-27-2015 04:10 PM

Beautiful work! Those materials complement very well and the finish looks great.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#5 posted 05-27-2015 06:25 PM

I think this is a wow piece. Nice balance and contrast in the positive and negative spaces. The turquoise is in great balance with the piece. And where it sitting in the picture sets it off. I like it!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 05-27-2015 07:01 PM

WOW, that’s totally awesome.

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#7 posted 05-27-2015 08:37 PM

Beautiful table and LOTS of turquoise!! Nice gong!!.....................Jim

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

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#8 posted 05-27-2015 10:15 PM

Wow, awesome top!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#9 posted 05-28-2015 12:19 PM

I love turquoise when it is mixed with the right wood. This looks great!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#10 posted 05-28-2015 08:49 PM

wow. What sandpaper did you use? I’ve tried this before with less than desired success.

-- Ray,VA

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#11 posted 05-28-2015 09:52 PM

Thank you all for the very nice comments. The table looked good, but when my wife (the photographer) put it in the bamboo and trees in front of our house, that setting really enhanced the way it was presented in the photos.
Also she suggested I coat the top with epoxy to give it depth, which worked very well. In bring the built up Turquoise down to the table top level, I used 80 grit on an air sander, since Turquoise is the same hardness as glass on the Mohs scale, I went through a lot of sandpaper, and finished with 120 grit. Hope that was what you were asking about uutank.

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#12 posted 05-29-2015 02:20 PM

Nicely done. I’ve got a few chunks of mesquite from that area as well. Tried to find burled stumps. Couple crosses made so far along with knife scales.

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#13 posted 05-30-2015 07:45 PM

Your table looks great. I have been wanting to use that tinted epoxy on a shelf, just haven’t gotten there yet.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#14 posted 06-01-2015 04:02 AM

Great looking table. Just exquisite.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#15 posted 06-13-2015 01:09 AM

Bravo! Great design, execution, and finish. Oh yea nice photo as well!

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