Mesquite plant stand

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Project by TucsonTim posted 06-22-2018 09:14 PM 2427 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi LJ’s. Long time listener, first time caller. I’ve been lurking far to long. I want to thank all contributors to this site. It’s the first place I check every morning for ideas and information. Thank you all…

Anyway, since my wife and I visited the Gamble House last year, we’ve been kicking around the idea of making some living room furniture based on the Greene and Greene style. Since we live in Mesquite country down here in Tucson, I thought we’d make our first piece a small plant stand and use Mesquite boards that I’ve been hoarding for a number of years. This is my first feeble attempt at adding G&G details. I tried to incorporate cloud lifts, square pegs, leg indents and bread board ends. The construction is mortise and loose tenon. The bread boards are connected with draw bored dowels. The pegs are walnut. The finish is very simple – Danish Oil (natural) and Shellac (blond/clear).

I made a ton of mistakes, but also learned a lot. Overall, we like the mix of Mesquite and G&G. I wasn’t sure if it was a combination that would work. But we like the rustic look of the wood with the Greene brothers details. It seems to work…

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have. Suggestions are always welcome. Thanks again…

Tim in Tucson

-- Tim in Tucson

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#1 posted 06-23-2018 12:04 AM

Well done. Should be a keeper.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 06-23-2018 01:34 AM

Great G&G project TucsonTim. You did very nicely. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 06-23-2018 02:16 AM

Nice work. Welcome from a fellow Tucsonan and mesquite lover. BTW, there’s no need to hoard it. I have lots of local sources and would be happy to share them.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 06-23-2018 02:34 AM

hey bud love your contribution,im a big g&g lover,living here in l.a. ive been to the gamble myself,took the wood workers long tour led by jim ipejerium,i hope i spelled it right.he’s a g&g guru having recreated a lot of the furniture for the blacker house restoration.well after his tour i went and created my own g&g side table,so i admire yours very much knowing the work it takes to create that let me welcome you to lumber jocks and i look forward too more,thanks.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 06-23-2018 03:06 AM

Great execution of the G&G style. Love it!

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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#6 posted 06-23-2018 11:46 AM

Beautiful table. If the Greene brothers had any experience with mesquite, I’m sure they’d have used it. Your table certainly exhibits the beauty of the mesquite and captures the G&G style quite admirably. Great job!
Count me in the mesquite lover’s camp, also.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 06-23-2018 12:42 PM

This is a very nice plant stand and the wood and design are so nice.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 06-23-2018 02:40 PM

Awesome project! This reminded me of one of my favorite New Yankee Workshop shows, the Mesquite Bookcase.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 06-24-2018 12:05 AM

Nice project

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 06-24-2018 03:05 PM

Very nice piece. It’s as beautiful as if you had been making them for years let alone your first try.

-- "The Answer Is Blowin'n In The Wind" John D, OP, KS

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#11 posted 06-25-2018 01:23 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Tim!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#12 posted 06-25-2018 03:34 PM

Hi LJ’s. First, let me say that I am overwhelmed with the positive responses to my project. I want to thank all of you for taking the time to view and reply to this posting. I’ve lurked on Lumber Jocks for a long time and I am fully aware of the woodworking talent that resides here. In fact, that’s what took me so long to decide to finally make my first post. I just didn’t think my skills warranted it. So, I am humbled by your acceptance…

Thanks to : socrbent, swirt, Rich, pottz, Deaser, Gene Howe, helluvawreck, CaptainSkully, Monte Pittman, awsum55 and Rick. You guys all do great work. I’ve seen your projects…

Tim in Tucson

-- Tim in Tucson

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#13 posted 06-26-2018 03:32 PM

Great job!

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 10-06-2018 01:49 PM

Nice plant stand, Tim. I love working with Mesquite , too.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#15 posted 08-11-2020 05:16 PM

Well Done! I’m up Phoenix ways and agree with the thoughts shared on Mesquite.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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