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#1 posted 04-13-2016 05:00 PM

Are these end grain slabs/cookies? Are they already dry? If not, expect a lot of cracking and movement while drying. It seems like a reasonable price, though.

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Actually, mesquite is one of the most stable woods around.
When I have them in stacks to dry, I do not need to put weights on them. They dry and keep their shape better than any wood I’ve seen and they hardly crack either.

The problem with mesquite I have though is beetles. The sapwood will end up with tons of holes and I will have lots of dust piles. I’ve tried borax based treatments and it doesn’t work very well. Heat is about the best way to go to kill them.

Price-wise, that’s not bad. Mesquite is not easy to come by, let alone in wide pieces. I’d go for it.

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