Mesquite wood gloating

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Project by Manasseh posted 09-27-2010 05:49 PM 4589 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 9 foot section of mesquite wood that was scheduled to be cleared. It was another 5 foot longer when I tried to fall the big stump into the back of the truck(now my truck has character). That wasn’t too smart. It dented the tailgate.
I shouldnt have cut that other 5 feet off to fit it in the truck because the 24 inch diameter log needs to be at least 6ft long to be cut at the mills around here.
I have finally found someone to mill the other for me as soon at the temp. gets cooler. Guess what? It’s now getting cooler outside :)
I don’t know how many bf i have, but it is a bunch. only about 3-4 more months before I can really get started using this wood. It is air drying out in the garage.

I wonder if anyone has suggestions for removing the bark, other than taking a screw driver and picking it off.
Don’t worry, I have treated the wood for bugs. I have the dead bugs to show for the treatment.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 06:04 PM

Nice mesquite. That will make some beauiiful things. I enjoy working with mesquite.

-- Dave Arizona

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#2 posted 09-27-2010 06:12 PM

Oh, I can only dream of what I could do with that. Nice mesquite. Any ideas of what you are going to use it for.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 06:22 PM

I am thinking of headboard and footboard with this mesquite. I have enough for bed posts as well. Another thought is a natural edge TV stand with glass doors for components.
You can see what it will look like by looking at the mantle clock. I imagine there will be more clocks made with the outer cut offs.
Mesquite and walnut are my favorites.
I was trying to figure out what all those spots were in the pics. Being the sawdust wisperer, I figured out it was the sawdust in the air floating around after dusting it off the wood for the pictures.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 06:25 PM

A couple of suggestions for drying it.
... you should put the stickers directly above each other to prevent the weight of the top boards from sagging the bottom ones.
... I’d also put some heavy weight on the top board to keep it from twisting as it drys out.
Good luck with the wood, wish it was mine!

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 07:16 PM

I took the bark off of mine BEFORE slicing it to reduce the wear on my bandsaw blade, and to reduce the amount of dust and debris that would be generated from cutting the bark, but since you’ve already sliced it up – I wouldn’t worry about it, the bark will come off when you mill those slabs to usable lumber anyway.

I used an old retired kitchen clever to debark mine much like using a drawknife. I actually posted about it a couple of weeks ago here:

and here are the logs sliced up:

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 09-27-2010 09:27 PM

Thanks Paul and Lev for the help. Everyone that commented here, I really like your projects. Keep up the good work.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#7 posted 09-27-2010 09:49 PM

I would ask Socalwood ( Rob ) about the bark as well. He has a saw mill here in California and does this all the time

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 09-28-2010 12:03 AM

a draw knife will get the bark off . i would let dry first. have fun!!

-- gagewestern

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#9 posted 09-28-2010 12:50 AM

On a smaller scale, I use to remove bark from trunks with a round metal brush mounted in a drill. But mesquite is maybe another matter than your average plum wood or boxwood trunk…

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

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#10 posted 09-28-2010 02:03 AM

I saw a guy working at a place where they made natural slab furniture . He took the slab with the wider side up using a 1×4x maybe 8” piece of scrap wood held it flat. Then he smacked the end that was overlapping just the bark. That was the type of tree with thick bark like walnut. I do not remember what mesquite bark looks like.

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#11 posted 09-28-2010 05:53 AM

Great score
How and with what did you use to treat it for bugs??
Bringing home infested wood is a bit of a scare for my OCD :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#12 posted 09-28-2010 05:07 PM

Cool! thanks for all the suggestions. I may try each of them. I am drawn to the Wack A Mole method of bark removal, Patrick. It serves two purposes: Bark and grrrrrrrrrrr removal :)
No worries Scott , the bugs were only stinkbugs. Treatment was a product called home defense. So far, so good.
I am definately going to have fun with this wood.

Thanks again everyone

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#13 posted 09-29-2010 04:50 PM

I see curved bar or counter tops out of a couple of them.
As far as bark removal, I would think an angle grinder and wire wheel or wire cup brush would make short work of it. The wire shouldn’t cut in too much once it hits sapwood. I’d try it on scrap first. I’ve never worked with mesquite.
Good luck,

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#14 posted 09-30-2010 05:49 AM

look’s good.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#15 posted 10-06-2010 02:31 AM

Looks great, If it is real tough to get off then it is still pretty green, actually the way I used to tell when a log or slabs were getting close to being workable was when I could grab a big chunk of the bark and pull it of easily, as the cells of the wood lose moisture, they shrink and contract and the bark loosens somewhat…..whatever was left behind, well, a chisel, claw hammer, big screwdriver, etc…. You know I made a mesquite bed and benches with arched slabs, it should be on my website..I can’t wait to see what you come up with…if it is still setting there come spring, keep an eye on that little yellow stripe of sapwood between the bark and the wood, cause beetles love that stuff, if they get to it, and believe me they can smell it miles away, you will see little piles of yellow dust, I have taken really thinned out poly with mineral spirits and let it soak down in their little rabbit holes, yea I know it sounds cruel but what the heck :) At least it kept the noice of their Krunching down, hehe

Anyway, nice score….

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

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