Mesquite Table and Bench

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Project by chicharon86 posted 01-06-2019 11:21 PM 1322 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone,

It has been several years since I last posted, I am now back in the woodworking game after a short hiatus. Since my last post, I moved back to the United States, bought a house, built a woodworking shed, got some tools and got back to work learning how to do things the old fashioned way—hand tools. Being from the Arizona desert, I thought it was important to start incorporating desert woods into my work; this led me down the path of mesquite. This project’s journey began with a dried up mesquite stump that I found on a fenced-in lot.

The property owner was gracious enough to allow me to take the stump off his hands, and so with the help of my father, we did just that. This was a beast. Long story short, I had the stump milled and cured at a local facility in Tucson. Seven months later, I was able to pick up the slabs and go to work. My goal was on my squaring and joining wood by hand. I purchased a no. 7 jointer plan and a rip saw and went to work.

I squared off 3 boards and used them as my center pieces and chose 2 live edges. This is where I started to run into difficulties. Mesquite is really hard on the planes; my sharpening skills drastically improved over this project. Pretty simple process though; I planed my edges, checked for flat and square and paired up the planks and glued them together. With the left over mesquite, I salvaged as many square pieces I could and glued together a bench top.

Mesquite naturally contains a lot of natural cracks and fissures, so I filled those in with some crushed turquoise and black epoxy.

I framed a simple box using pocket holes, constructed a very basic veneer and placed the bench on top.

I finished the wood with a water-based polyurethane.

-- ACS

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#1 posted 01-07-2019 02:32 AM

Welcome back and good job getting started with a cool build. It looks great.

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#2 posted 01-08-2019 05:21 AM

Great story on a nice comeback piece, by hand as well.

Thanks for sharing.

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