Mesquite is amazingly stable, completely unlike any other American species. Its maximum dimensional change due to fluctuations in moisture content is about one-fourth that of woods such as oak and walnut. And unlike most other woods, mesquite's dimensional change is about the same in both the radial and tangential directions (Fig. R). This means no cupping. A square of mesquite stays a square, and a circle slays a circle.
FIG. A MESQUITE DOESN'T MOVE MUCH
FtG. B MESQUITE DOESN'T DISTORT
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