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Rich

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06-23-2018 04:29 PM

I entered my mesquite side table in this contest. If you like the table, please vote. Voting ends tomorrow, 6/24.

https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/2018-excellence-awards-now-open#/gallery/113608736?category=1495580

Thanks,
Rich

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner


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ColonelTravis

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#1 posted 06-23-2018 05:20 PM

And boy are my arms tired!

There are some nice things there and some things that I gotta scratch my head over. But I really liked your table and remember when you posted that. I voted for you, sir.

Quick question since I use mesqute a lot also and will probably use it to make the tops of some end tables. Did you fill in that larger knot/branch hole on the right side so that it’s smooth flush with the top? I’m almost done with a writing desk with a mesquite top and everything had to be filled in flush for that. But with a side table it’s technically not necessary to fill it all the way. Couldn’t tell from your photos.

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#2 posted 06-23-2018 05:36 PM

My vote is in. Good luck and that is one awesome table.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 06-23-2018 05:37 PM

Yes, everything was filled flush. I do the fills before any milling. That table was full of voids. You can see it in the drawers, but the top was almost separated into pieces. Just the small bridge you can see on each side held it together. I could have easily pulled it apart with my hands. I mixed up close to a pint of epoxy overall and, after milling, there’s probably a half of a pint still in there.

The whole design was driven by the sequential boards that make up the book match on the top, and the crazy board that I used for the aprons and drawer front. The left, drawer and right sides all came from one long board that caught my eye when I was visiting one of my local mesquite sawyers.

Thanks for the vote!

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 06-23-2018 05:37 PM


My vote is in. Good luck and that is one awesome table.

- Andybb

Thanks Andy!

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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ColonelTravis

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#5 posted 06-23-2018 05:52 PM

Thanks. Mesquite is a challenge to work with and finding a single board that’s wide and long enough to do 3/4 sides can be difficult, forget 4/4. I couldn’t find one like that for my desk aprons, I’d have to have found a board 8 feet long to do all 4.

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Rich

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#6 posted 06-23-2018 06:16 PM

Yeah, most of it is completely rough. I really have to take my time and mark out what pieces I can get out of a board. There’s a guy here in town that sells dimensional boards but it’s pricey. For boards up to 6’ it’s $15/bdft and longer boards go up to $20. It’s not surfaced on any side, but it’s straight and the yield is as good as it gets.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 06-23-2018 06:32 PM

I’ve voted for the side table. Very well crafted, best of luck.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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bandit571

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#8 posted 06-23-2018 07:57 PM

Hmmm…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Rich

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#9 posted 06-23-2018 08:17 PM


Hmmm…

- bandit571

Its OK, Bandit. I knew that by posting this I ran the risk of a few folks who would vote for someone else, even if it was just to spite me. :)

Do what you gotta do.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#10 posted 06-23-2018 08:33 PM

Thanks for posting the link to the projects as I enjoyed seeing the entries. I did vote for the one I liked best. Your table is very nice in a difficult to work wood.

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#11 posted 06-23-2018 10:55 PM

Rich, go see John at Deadwood Salvage across the freeway from Casa Grande. I got a 8’ x 30” live edge slab of 2” stuff for $20 total. He cut it so it would fit my truck And, he loaded it into my truck. My river table was made from that slab.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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bandit571

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#12 posted 06-23-2018 11:06 PM

I was merely saying I would take a look at it…..now I am not sure iF I will….Have other things on my mind, right now…...

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#13 posted 06-23-2018 11:19 PM


I was merely saying I would take a look at it…..now I am not sure iF I will….Have other things on my mind, right now…...

- bandit571

Well, since you have me blocked (why, I have no idea), I was just assuming you weren’t eager to do me any favors. Which is fine, btw. I don’t get my feelings hurt too easily.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#14 posted 06-24-2018 12:01 AM

Just in case I haven’t said it before, you really are talented and produce exceptional pieces of furniture. (for a curmudgeon that is) :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#15 posted 06-24-2018 12:09 AM

Voted for Rich’s table
Anyone crazy enough to build with mesquite has my vote.:)
Plus it’s a good looking table.

-- Aj

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