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Offline jobsworth

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Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« on: September 12, 2021, 12:42 AM »
This is the first time I messed with live edge slabs

I started making my daughter a bed. I glued up and stained some black walnut for the bed post. So a local guy was having a sale on live edge says. He had some mesquite which has a nice red color which shoud go nice with the walnut. So heres the slabs I got and the one I chose for the head board. I got the bark off fairly easy.

I dont like the white color of the summer wood. But If I flip the slab over I dont think it would be noticeable

Heres where Im at so far
1 photo is of the slabs I bought
then the one I chose
and after taking the bark off using and chisel to get most of it off and cleaned it up with the RO150 and ETS 150 with a interface pad. Started w 40 grt Rubin went through the grits to 80 will be  using grits up to 180.

Next Ill be sanding the top and botton using the RO 150 and ETS150 starting at 100 granat

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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2021, 02:04 AM »
What is your source? I can’t find Mesquite here in Atlanta. I used to turn huge natural edge bowls of Mesquite. Lots of demand, no supply.
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2021, 09:03 AM »
Nice...they're pretty thick and really flat.  Good price too...around here those prices would be 3-4X.

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2021, 12:39 PM »
@Birdhunter

chequest mill works ,Peoria Az
hes got a FB page to

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2021, 12:41 PM »
@Cheese

hes a local guy has a wood mizer build custom furniture he'll work with ya on the prices, these were his sale prices

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2021, 03:10 PM »
Thanks
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Offline JeffSD

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2021, 08:03 PM »
@jobsworth, that's an impressive find at very reasonable prices!

I just finished my first live edge project, a small hallway table using Tzalam (lysiloma acapulcensis) also known as Caribbean Walnut.

I think it turned out ok and I learned a lot in the process. At the top of the list was that free-hand routing and chiseling for bowties takes a long time, for me at least. I only used two, but it seemed to take forever. When I move on to a bigger project I'll probably get a template.

Like you, I used Rubin up to 180 grit. The finish is super blonde shellac from flakes. Between coats, I sanded with 1500 and 2000. I like the look of shellac with the gloss taken down to a satin finish so, after the final coat, I polished using a fine (white) 3M "scratch" pad.

Here are a few pics. Good luck with your project.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2021, 09:49 AM »
I just finished my first live edge project, a small hallway table using Tzalam (lysiloma acapulcensis) also known as Caribbean Walnut.

I think it turned out ok and I learned a lot in the process. At the top of the list was that free-hand routing and chiseling for bowties takes a long time, for me at least. I only used two, but it seemed to take forever. When I move on to a bigger project I'll probably get a template.

Nice job on the table and nice freehand work on the bow ties... [big grin]

Offline JeffSD

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2021, 10:54 AM »
Thanks, Cheese.

The truth is that the bowtie at the rear of the table was going to be smaller, but "somebody" overshot the line on the first try. Somewhere in heaven, George Nakashima was laughing his butt off.   [laughing]

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2021, 11:08 AM »
Stained the slab w a GF wipe on stain, sprayed with GF 450 satin poly

Offline Don T

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2021, 12:45 PM »
That is beautiful!
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Offline ScotF

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2021, 07:33 PM »
Ron...some beautiful wood, there!

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Re: Mesquite Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2021, 01:32 PM »
Thanks everyone here is a photo of the headboard I still have some tweeking to straighten out the rh leg but that’s easy enough