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Tough, Hard and Easy to Finish

Mesquiie's high silica content, high extractive content and extreme hardness can dull your tools quickly, especially if you force the wood through your saws and planers too fast. Start with sharp tools and resharpen about twice as often as usual. Wipe your saw blades occasionally with a solvent (like mineral spirits) to minimize extractive buildup. Unlike some dark, hard exotic species, mesquite does not have much natural oil, so it doesn't clog sandpaper and can be glued easily with standard glues.

Mesquite finishes well with many types of wood finishes. Because it's so hard, mesquite polishes beautifully with fine sanding grits and buffing, so often very little finish may be needed.

Mesquite shines as a turning wood, where its defects make for visual interest. It's also easy to cut when green and dries without distortion.

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Mesquite shines as a turning wood, where its defects make for visual interest. It's also easy to cut when green and dries without distortion.

Prince of Turning Woods

Mesquite truly shines on the lathe. Its fantastic character marks and swirling fine-textured grain, along with its extreme stability and hardness, make mesquite a joy to turn. Green mesquite works like butter on the lathe,with long strings of curlings falling to the floor. The heat from sanding will dry die surface enough for you to put a finish on while the wood is still green. The wood dries nice and slowly (and without warping) through the finish.

Avoid the Sapwoodt

You'll be tempted to use mesquite's yellowish sap wood because of its attractive contrast with the dark heartwopd. Don't! Wood-boring insects love the sapwood and are attracted to it immediately after the tree is felled. They also can infest your project's sapwood years later. It's heartbreaking to turn a fantastic vessel or make an exquisite jewelry box, only to later find lit lie piles ot yellow sawdust lying around its base.

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