Texas Pendants - Gorilla Glue finish

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Project by SawdustTX posted 07-06-2017 09:26 PM 1665 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mesquite, 1/8” thick, 1” tall by 1” wide. Gorilla polyurethane glue finish buffed with steel wool.

Made my daughter a Texas necklace pendant a couple years ago which she wore a lot but unfortunately lost. Preparing for a vacation she asked for a replacement so she could show her state loyalty while in California. :)

Made these out of swirly grained endcut of Texas mesquite. Concerned about the thin wood breaking, I used two coats of Gorilla Glue as the finish to strengthen the grain, then used steel wool to knock the sheen down to a silky smooth satin finish. The glue darkened the wood a bit more than I wanted and hid some of the pretty grain. Next time I’ll try CA or the clear Gorilla glue. I think the polyurethane strengthens the wood more than CA?

The pendants are 1/8” thick, 1” tall and 1” wide. I hadn’t previously realized Texas is almost the identical dimension side to side (850 miles) as top to bottom (830 miles).

Made a little box for delivery.

I’d only planned to make one pendant, but the first one (on the left) I undercut my line which moved the Rio Grande river quite a bit North and gave a chunk of Texas back to Mexico.

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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#1 posted 07-06-2017 10:52 PM


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#2 posted 07-07-2017 08:06 PM

Great stuff

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#3 posted 07-08-2017 12:43 PM

Very good idea for necklace, nicely packed.

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#4 posted 07-11-2017 09:38 PM


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