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Mesquite slabs 18 Pc.

by BlueStingrayBoots
posted 10-02-2018 12:57 AM


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Karson

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#1 posted 10-02-2018 01:00 AM

Wow. That would make a lot of Pens.

Good luck on selling them all or parts.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 10-02-2018 01:22 AM

Air dried in you part of the world means what in terms of MC.

I’d love to have one of those and 250.00 is not a problem. It’s the shipping cost to Alaska.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#3 posted 10-02-2018 02:42 AM

Thx Karson! MC guesstimate, about 10-12%, but its only 250 a slab for all 18. So, it will be just me on the plane to AK… :) Where about do I and wifey land AlaskaGuy?

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#4 posted 10-02-2018 12:44 PM

Hi Blue, I have a couple of questions….................
Did you cut the trees originally?
I’m assuming you mean the trees were left whole until bark fell off and turned grey; then slabbed out. How long have they been slabbed?
Have you put a moisture meter on them?
Were they slabbed using a chainsaw mill? Trying to figure out how much waste I should expect when planing.
Can I purchase individual slabs or are you selling as a lot?

Thx,
BTW, I’m still using that ebony I got from you, very pleased with the quality.

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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#5 posted 10-02-2018 01:29 PM

Blinghog, great to hear from you! I prefer to acquire the tree or trunk and leave them out in my yard a year or more, in this hot southern Texas sun. I move them around for yard maintenance. Bark breaks away and falls off, some stays on. After milling i get a live edge with grays, browns and yellows. Slabs for me are never perfect but i shoot for 8/4, after they dry out and have a grayish surface color, the 8/4 seems to work best for me, manageable. The wood is kinda like a sponge, it shrinks slightly while drying so while running it through sanders ill see round areas or the unevenness from drying. Mesquite is known for stability so the first 36g dual drum machine sanding is quick. These are ruff slabs and unless your aiming for that ruff look in your finished project, these slabs will require the whole process! I use to use a planer, sanders work much better, paper last much longer than blades! i use a Hudson band blade to slab. I would prefer to sell 18 Pc lot. All pieces aren’t equal so i kinda priced it like that and they have to go freight carrier. Here locally they go for $400-$450 each. ( I just want to eliminate some credit det quickly. )

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#6 posted 10-10-2018 01:39 PM

$550 for choice pick of matching slabs.

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#7 posted 01-19-2019 08:48 AM

16 slabs still available. $4000

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#8 posted 01-19-2019 09:19 AM

I don’t know. Maybe my concern is ill founded. Aren’t laying those slabs in the dirt bad practice? Won’t they pick up little pieces of dirt and sand that will be hard on cutting tools. I sometime drive in my shop with my car or truck and later if I drop a piece of wood on the floor then run through my planer I’ll get nicks in my knifes.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 01-19-2019 09:51 AM

I don’t have any issues with that, AG. but that was just a photo. These slabs have been stacked laid out flipped, etc. Currently standing upright.

I wouldnt machine a dirty slab of wood any how… First thing would be a drill with a wire brush. actually that would be second. First would be coffee :)

I hope your having a wonderful day. :)

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#10 posted 01-20-2019 02:38 AM

Many years ago I purchased 20,000 BD FT of hard rock maple. It was found in the basement of a warehouse that burned down. The surface of many boards had brick pieces embedded in it. I used a body sander that had a wire brush on it.

Yes I nicked some blades but I got the wood for 2 cents a bd foot so I feel it was a good purchase.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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