Mesquite bentwood table

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Project by scott shangraw posted 10-14-2007 05:44 AM 4817 views 11 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mesquite bentwood table-Here’s a picture of a large mesquite table that has a bentwood base and bookmatched top with turquiose inlayed. The yellow in the top is the sapwood that we left to enhance the piece even more. This was a custom design for a Texas customer. They wanted the bentwood look but with an open southwest concept. So a few sketches later, we came up with this. Wish I would have been able to have professional pictures made of it though.

See other tables:

Barrell Stave Table
Mesquite Pedistal Table
Wooden Hinge Pedistal Table
Walnut Hemisphere Bentwood table

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 10-14-2007 05:49 AM

Wow. The design is wonderful. I really love the top.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-14-2007 05:50 AM

that is a beatutiful table! How thick is the table top? You have really done a fantastic job on this one. I love your use of mesquite. It’s amazing that many people down in texas see mesquite as nothing more than trashwood, to be burned as soon as they can cut it up into small pieces. it makes me sick, especially when i see such peices as yours out of this supposed “trashwood” that is way to nice to burn or even bar-b-que with, although that last comment may get me in trouble with blue stingray boots. how did you do the bent stretcher? is it thin laminated strips of mesquite or did you steam and bend it?

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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scott shangraw

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#3 posted 10-14-2007 05:56 AM

Yeah everytime I drive thru Texas and see all these large piles of mesquite bulldozed up on ranchers lands to be burned it makes me wish I had a saw mill and a way to pick it up.I just don’t understand why it’s so expensive!!! I guess it’s hard to get a decent size.Yes the bending was done by laminating 1/8” strips in a bending form and urea resin glue. Top isn’t real thick about 1 1/4 with stretchers underneath for stability

-- Scott NM,

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#4 posted 10-14-2007 06:04 AM

Who ever said mesquite was T-wood was obviously not a woodcrafter, and had far too much mesquite to know what to do with. Woodchips, can I send you a box of firewood?lol

Awesome Scott, I just ordered a biscuit joiner, I’ll try to match you. How do you get it flat or true? Is it 100% true?
I see that and think “Texas picnic” on the ranch. Big stars, flowers, beautiful dresses and thourobreds….

Thanks Scott for sharing.

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scott shangraw

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#5 posted 10-14-2007 06:16 AM

I thought you would have something to say about that 5 letter dirty “T” word.I use a local cabinet shop that has a huge 38” drum sander that makes my tops dead flat ,on this one we did the two glued up halves seperatly since overall table was 5ft wide then I only had the one glue line to take care of when put together.If you can find a shop in your area that will do that for you it’s great only takes 20 min or so and this guy charged me $35.

-- Scott NM,

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#6 posted 10-14-2007 07:47 AM

feel free to send me a box of ”firewood” anytime you want to! :D Seriously though i haven’t got a real good set up yet for re-sawing small logs, yet. next year a bandsaw will be joining the ranks of my somewhat sparse tool arsenal. until then i’ll just have to salivate over all those piles of beautiful furniture in log form.

there’s a sawmill that deals exclusively in mesquite, pecan and one other kind of wood that i can’t remember right now, but point is they are in my old hometown of Bastrop, TX. and i’ll try to look them up and see if they’ll be able to supply wood by shipping it cheaper than you can get it. how much do you pay per BF? that way i’ll have an idea of what the price to beat is.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#7 posted 10-14-2007 12:29 PM

Gorgeous table Scott. I don’t know which got my attention more, the legs/stretchers or that inredible top.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 10-14-2007 12:33 PM

That is a great table, Scott. I just like all of it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 10-14-2007 12:57 PM

I really like the design and the execution and craftsmanships. Nice work.

-- Kaleo ,

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#10 posted 10-14-2007 12:58 PM

beautiful table.. beautiful design.

shame to hear about the “firewood” loss.. you’d think we’d be more respectful, with all of our talk about caring for the environment… sheesh

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 10-14-2007 01:56 PM

Absolutely stunning. Mesquite is a wood that you just do not see on the east coast. At least I have never seen any of it.

Great job. My wife loves it too.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#12 posted 10-14-2007 06:05 PM

Beautiful job. I never new that mesquite got that big. I thought it was more of a bush.

The bookmatch turned out great. How did you do the inlay?


-- Make Dust

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#13 posted 10-14-2007 06:32 PM

Great table the curved wood really sets it off.

A truly great table.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#14 posted 10-15-2007 12:10 AM

Holy moly. Just wow.

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#15 posted 10-15-2007 04:08 PM

Beautiful table! Love the design!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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