Mesquite?
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Just getting started in woodturning, and have access to some mesquite stuff-- tree limbs, etc, for small pieces.  I've worked with mesquite before, but not for turning.  It seems brittle and might not be ideal in this part of woodworking.  Anyone have any experience or input?...  Thanks..
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  Re: Mesquite? by Texas Doug (Just getting started...)
(03-12-2019, 09:55 PM)Texas Doug Wrote: Just getting started in woodturning, and have access to some mesquite stuff-- tree limbs, etc, for small pieces.  I've worked with mesquite before, but not for turning.  It seems brittle and might not be ideal in this part of woodworking.  Anyone have any experience or input?...  Thanks..

love mesquite -  turn lots with it - its far from brittle.  Larger pieces are hard to find without voids but that's part of the beauty and you just deal with it.

It's a great wood for woodturning and is one of my favorites
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  Re: Mesquite? by Texas Doug (Just getting started...)
Mesquite is a very easy wood to work, though some can be very hard- hard enough to cause sparks when cutting with a chainsaw, yet some is soft and easy. Picking the right wood is important for it to match the project your doing.

I've turned a lot of it and have had no issues except to get it finely sanded to a mirror finish. It will split rather easily- surface drilling the end before mounting on the lathe helps.

The colors can be red- redish brown- yellowish brown, yellowish red, dark brown and an array of colors. A beautiful wood.
It's very stable if not wet, I've cut it right from the tree and used it with no warping or bowing, but I wouldn't rely on that for doing fine work.

I make all my handles for chisels and homemade draw knives. Made a couple of old planes. Made an Anaconda lamp and a rustic table from short scraps.

 Made a lot of bowls- pictures are archived somewhere.?

I think you'll enjoy it. Use sharp tools.
 

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  Re: Mesquite? by Texas Doug (Just getting started...)
ONe of my favorite woods! I've turned a gazillion items from mesquite. Very susceptible to wood worms - thus the need for a face mask. Don't want a juicy worm splattering on your forehead...
I use a microwave to nuke the worms...

GM
The only tool I have is a lathe.  Everything else is an accessory.
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  Re: Mesquite? by Texas Doug (Just getting started...)
First Welcome and I am really looking forward to seeing what you make in the future with us.

Second Start hording wood you will never get enough of it. Laugh Laugh
It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

Hi, I'm Arlin's proud wife! His brain trma & meds-give memory probs and has pain from injuries, but all is well materially & financially.  
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  Re: Mesquite? by Texas Doug (Just getting started...)
Turned it plenty.  Turns nicely.
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  Re: RE: Mesquite? by badwhiskey (Turned it plenty.  T...)
(03-13-2019, 07:36 PM)badwhiskey Wrote: Turned it plenty.  Turns nicely.

Hi Frank nice to see you again.
It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

Hi, I'm Arlin's proud wife! His brain trma & meds-give memory probs and has pain from injuries, but all is well materially & financially.  
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  Re: Mesquite? by Texas Doug (Just getting started...)
Another endorsement for mesquite.  It's stable as wood gets, and it polishes up very nicely.  Machines nicely as well.  It'll chew up your tools, so sharpen often!

Mesquite from woodworking stores can be quite expensive.  I used to live in south Texas and mesquite was a nuisance tree they'd just clear out and burn when developing new housing tracts.  Had I known then what I know now, I'd have bought a chain saw and salvaged every piece I could get.  My parents still live in Austin, so maybe next visit I'm make a side trip or two and load up.
Still Learning,

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  Re: RE: Mesquite? by AHill (Another endorsement ...)
(03-14-2019, 01:32 PM)AHill Wrote: It'll chew up your tools, so sharpen often!

That was my experience, but it was beautiful when finished... Smile
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  Re: Mesquite? by Texas Doug (Just getting started...)
Mesquite grows like a week in SW Oklahoma, but doesn't get very big. Great firewood. Local company uses mesquite and charcoal to make BBQ briquettes.
Brother lives south of San Antonio, has a ton of mesquite. Since the growing season there is year-long, the mesquite gets very big. I have hauled trailer loads back from time to time.

GM
The only tool I have is a lathe.  Everything else is an accessory.
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