Messages should be kept reasonably short and on topic, relating to the focus of the forum. Messages are inappropriate when their content: is deemed libelous in nature or is based on rumor, fails to meet basic standards of decorum, contains blatant advertising or inappropriate emphasis on self promotion (return to top). What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. However, the hard wood has a high extractive content which tends to overheat cutting blades. Rout with sharp, preferably carbide-tipped, bits and take shallow passes to avoid burning.

The reddish-brown color revealed when a finish is applied gives an exceptionally distinctive appearance to wood cut parallel to the grain. I would like to cut it down but don’t want to just haul it off or cut small logs for the smoker.

Content moisture log

Freeform Mesquite Wood Dining Table

I think is a 32, they said they would have to flatten the sides some to fit a 36″ log on there for slabs. Mesquite (short of the bugs) is the easiest wood to dry, it is one of the least warp/crack prone woods there is in the drying process.

Air dried does not mean “unstable”, but it does generally mean that the material has a higher moisture content than indoor wood. Excessive forum participation by an individual upsets the balance of a healthy forum atmosphere.

An open ended question (like the one above) invites responses that may read as sales pitches.

Weighing 45 pounds per cubic foot dry, it’s as heavy as hickory and as strong, but even harder. For stability in use indoors, always work wood with a maximum moisture content of 6-7 percent. A couple coats and you will have a nice scuff resistant finish that will defend the wood against liquids to an extent as well. The epoxy is prone to having bubbles in that will leave pinholes, so the little propane burner in the picture is to brush over the epoxy, this helps pop any bubbles near the surface and leave it smoother, but it still usually takes several applications to get a good smooth buildup.

I have talked to woodsofmissiontimber about buying kiln time, but they don’t rent/sell time in their vacuum kiln. If you air dry them, it will take a few years to get to a decently stable moisture content, and if you cut them in to full width slabs from the log, you will have to address warping/cracking during that time.