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Old 12-29-2011, 08:23 PM
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If those bad spots are not real deep I would use the scales as is. They sort of give it character. If it's pithy and pretty much all the way through you may still be able to salvage it with stabilization. You can also cut up some more and see if you can come up with some cleaner sections. You don't have much to lose but a little of your time.


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Old 01-03-2012, 08:32 PM
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That's some nice lookin mesquite.At times I fill the worm holes with black dyed epoxy,adds real character to the scales.

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Old 01-03-2012, 08:43 PM
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Thanks Stan. I am working on one of the blades I bought. I sanded it down to 400 grit and wet it a little. I think it is going to look good. Not sure if I will wax it or use tung oil. It is a 2 hour drive where I get it but need to go back and get more. Do you buy the epoxy dyed or do you do it yourself? Any good resource for me to learn more about dying epoxy? I might need to do it in the future.
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:07 PM
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I use West System 3 epoxy from Woodcraft and get my dyeing pigments from K&G,when mixing the epoxy just add a little of the pigment and stir it in.Some say you can use oil base model paint to dye it with but never tried that.

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Old 01-05-2012, 09:35 AM
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I've only worked with mesquite a couple of times and its always been pretty clear pieces. I do work a lot with self cut ironwood and oak burl that has a lot of little imperfections like your pieces here. There is also the old trick of mixing in some sawdust with thin superglue to help those spots. It works pretty well. I've also heard of using dried up used coffee grounds mixed in the superglue but haven't tried it. Nice looking pieces great color and figure. I'd probably try Stan's suggestion on those pieces, the black would really accent those pieces. Just some info for the future.


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Old 01-29-2012, 09:05 AM
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Mesquite Wood Good

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If all else, find somebody that has a fireplace or that has a pit. (Think smoked meat not a hole.) They will more than likely have aged wood, Mesquite, Hickory, atc.
I've got 60 acres of it. I suggested using Mesquite wood to a friend that has been helping me. He suggested that I not use it. This is one piece of advise I plan to filter out. Free wood is free wood. Besides, I don't see too many people using it. I like have unique products. Mesquite wood has some beautiful color and is extremely hard after it has aged in the field. The wood that has not been on the ground is best from what I've seen.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:12 PM
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I love Mesquite burl; I have a lot that I've cut down over the years.
Here's a 52100 ball bearing steel knife I used Mesquite scales.
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