Eric's Creative: Challenges Of Working With Mesquite Wood

Eric's Creative: Challenges Of Working With Mesquite Wood

Just like each style and brand of tool has it’s uniqueness’s, materials do too. Woods all react differently. They each have the strengths and weaknesses, and their pro’s and con’s.

Because of this, today, I’m going to talk to you about the challenges of working with Mesquite wood. Even though I’ve know about, and seen Mesquite wood for many years, this is the first time that I’ve every actually worked with it.

This particular wood was gifted to me by a friend that works in a high-end cabinetry/furniture shop, and these are extra pieces that were just stacked outside. They are leftovers from a project that they had done some years back.

While Mesquite wood has it’s own challenges to work with because of it’s cellular structure and grain pattern, this particular wood that I am using has the added challenges of having set outside for a couple/few years and was checked and split badly.

Because of the condition of the Mesquite that I was given. I started this project knowing it was an experiment. Here’s what I’ve learned.

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  1. frank gaitan on May 27, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    Have you tried hand tightening a little tlc

  2. Mike Cagle on May 27, 2023 at 12:52 pm

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  3. Aaron Wegner on May 27, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    Hey man, I’m not sure where you’re located, but I get Mesquite all the time and I feel like while it’s definitely a different type of wood, you might have better luck with thicker pieces. I love the video and just wanted to point out that if you snuck up on the final dimensions instead of planing them down to spec on the first set of passes, you might have an easier time with warpage. I wish you the best of luck as Mesquite is my next venture so Godspeed to both of us