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Posted on Best wood for outdoor furniture (living in Texas)?

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#1 posted 02-28-2020 01:23 AM


I was mainly responding to the OP. Is there a good deal of mesquite being sawn up, even in Texas? I’m asking legitimately because I don’t quite know. I have seen a reasonable amount in my area over the past couple decades, but I’ve seen a bunch of it with particular defects like ring shake that cause people to cut around the gaps or saw out parts, joint and glue up blanks. Maybe the folks who get it around here didn’t have access to the good stuff. I’m not sure. I do have a really nice, larger board of Mesquite in my racks that is waiting for the right project. I recall digging around the dealer’s stock to find this particular one in such good shape.

I do know that Ipe and several other similar woods fill up container after container at my nearest lumber dealer and they provide a ton of it for deck builds in the area. Most of it is solid, accurately prepped for decking and come in a lot of different sizes.

Not trying to argue. Just offering an observation. I would love to see more Mesquite available. I’m interested in building guitars (acoustics and electrics) and every so often folks toy with the idea of an all non-exotic wood instrument and Mesquite would be a great candidate for a rosewood substitute being as hard as it is. The fact that it’s so dimensionally stable is a huge benefit too!

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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