Mesquite Bookmatched Coffee Table

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Project by Mesquiteman posted 02-01-2010 11:34 PM 4771 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once again I could not see myself cutting these slabs square, so I made a coffee table and left the natural edge. The dimensions are 36 wide by 18 inches tall by 56 inches long. I used the greatest wood in the world (mesquite). I used 4 coats of danish oil and a heck of a lot of sandpaper.

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#1 posted 02-02-2010 12:08 AM

Cool, is the bleu natural?

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 12:24 AM

That is a real nice piece! Is that Inlace you are using for the inlay or crushed turqouise nuggets? I would like to see a shot of the base…

Thanx fer the post…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 01:51 AM

A great looking table top. Those slabs are fantastic.

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 01:52 AM

Very cool super wood too


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#5 posted 02-02-2010 02:58 AM

A beautiful table, completely ruined by the blue inlay IMO.
Sorry, just not my preferance at all.


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#6 posted 02-02-2010 03:12 AM

you sided right you did use the best wood mesquite very unique table ,very nice

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#7 posted 02-02-2010 03:24 AM

Beautiful Table. Great job.

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#8 posted 02-02-2010 05:16 AM


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#9 posted 02-02-2010 07:02 AM

Sometimes I wonder if people weren’t taught manners or just dont care to use them….anyway, I love when people offer compliments only to take them back in the same sentence. Beautiful work, it has compelled me to shred my diet coke cans and use them as inlays. ya know, something unique and environmentally friendly. And why does “Next Day Air” take 3 days?

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#10 posted 02-03-2010 04:17 AM

The inlay is sleeping turquiose, from globe arizona. Around the desert south west we use what we have. We have a lot of mesquite and semi-precious stones. Once a year I make a table with crushed turquiose and mesquite and see it at my friends Gem and Mineral show gallery. The Table sold in 3 hours today. Rich people from other states love this kind of stuff.

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#11 posted 02-03-2010 10:20 PM

I’m with Dozer: It is kind of like someone handing you a 100 dollar bill in one hand and aiming a tazer at you with the other hand… ;]

I think the inlay work looks awesome, Mesquite is one of those woods as you and I and alot of us know lends itself well to inlay work because of all of the voids that can arise. It is up to the individual artisan as to what he chooses to fill them with, you can use black, which is ok sometimes but dull, or you can use anything you darn well want to. Doesn’t matter what you do some people in this world just don’t get it, never will, they are not capable of thinking outside the box. I find it to be one out every 1000 at some of the shows I have done. They should however have enough common descency and respect to keep their un-constructive criticism to themselves.

Your table reminds me alot of guy’s work not too far from you outside Santa Fe, NM. He uses Turqouise as well as Agate, Silver, Amonites, Soapstone, and he is well reknowned for his work, His coffee tables sell for 5-10,000 dollars, he is a nice guy and his brother, I have talked to him on the phone before and he gave me some tips on inlay. I find his work inspiring, take a look at it sometime when you get a chance, it gives you good ideas, he is at
Anyway you say you sold that table in 3 hours, well what does that tell you? You should have had 5-10 more on the truck ready to go:) hehe

Be well, Great Work and Thanx fer the post….

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#12 posted 06-22-2010 02:29 PM

BEAUTIFUL! I love mesquite

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