Mesquite End Table -- The last of the Argentine wood horde.

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Project by Luddite posted 08-01-2015 10:31 PM 2846 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1 Aug 2015

Well, after 17 years I’ve finally have used up all of my Argentine mesquite horde. Finished an end table this weekend. Kinda sad in a way but it certainly worked out well. I’d bought this load through a local dealer for about $5 a bf in 1998 sight unseen. So, 500+ bf and 20+ projects I think I may have broken even. Wood had a very distinct feel about it, a unique odor when milled, buff weight at 4-5lb/bf.

So, here’s the last piece. A small AC style end table with inlayed gems. Table completes the somewhat AC style for the living room.

Piece was really pretty straightforward with mortise and through tenon work.

Work was made easy with the use of a powermatic mortiser and with my jet tenon jig.
Pre-drilled and mortised pin positions on legs and rails.
Legs tops and bottoms are soften with a chamfer router bit.

Shop-Cat Simon always on the job.

Turquoise inlays.

More touches of turquoise.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 08-02-2015 12:15 AM

Absolutely stunning, gorgeous. You really have an eye for style, and your craftsmanship is top flight.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 08-02-2015 08:58 AM

Small thought. – It was necessary to add lyuminitsentny paint to eboksidny pitch. At night this crack would shine. It would be even more beautiful. On the future. Good luck…..

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#4 posted 08-02-2015 12:37 PM

Wow, wish I had the skills to do that.

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#5 posted 08-02-2015 02:54 PM

Thanks to all. Sasha, I like your idea and I’ll have to try this soon.


-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#6 posted 08-02-2015 07:02 PM

beautiful table!

Love mesquite. I’ve made a couple of hand planes using it and some small stuff. I’d have liked to see the 500+ bf that you had. Must have been relatively wide and free of checks/cracks. I love the way it smells when working it and the little off cuts make their way to the grill.

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#7 posted 08-02-2015 08:58 PM

Terry, Let me get this straight. You live in Tucson, Arizona’s Mesquite capital and you use Argentine Mesquite … Wow, go figger. ;)
But as todays prices go you made a killing on that load of wood and built some beautiful projects.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#8 posted 08-02-2015 10:31 PM

How did you do those breadboards? Is that a little strip of wood in there, too? Stain?

Beautiful table.

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#9 posted 08-02-2015 10:51 PM

That is a great looking table, Terry. The turquoise is an outstanding addition. Thanks for sharing.

-- Art

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#10 posted 08-03-2015 12:43 AM

How did you do those breadboards? Is that a little strip of wood in there, too? Stain?

Beautiful table.

- ColonelTravis

Colonel, I do 1 or 3 ways.
1. tenon the top pieces and mortise the breadboard piece. A little more work but works well.
2. Spline the pieces but difficult to do for large tops since you need to be perpendicular to the grain else it’s snap city.
3. Biscuits. Quick, easy and strong.

The goal is to have the top remaining flat and compensating for the expansion/shrinkage which makes number 1 the real deal. With mesquite being very stable I often will use version 3.

The strip of wood between the bread board and top is decoration. Years back I had problems with mortise and tenon bread board ends aligning with the top pieces. I fiinally cut a dado at the juncture and layed in a strip of wood. Sanded flat or lefted proud it still looks good.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#11 posted 08-03-2015 10:34 PM

Beautiful table, Terry. I really like the turquoise accents!!

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

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#12 posted 03-12-2017 10:34 PM

I still have some of my Artgentine Mesquite I got over ten years ago, but I am looking for more. See some of my rocking chairs made of this special Mesquite on my web site at

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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