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  2. And impeccably clean. Nice wife!
  3. K Cooper

    Texas mesquite

    Mick, love the Longhorn, that’s a keeper. After visiting a customers 20,000 acre ranch in south Texas for many years, I too was enamored with mesquite, so much so that I bought and planted one here in Houston. It will never amount to a piece of furniture in my life time but just enjoy it’s slow growth. With the exception of the suckers you speak of which grow straight and about 30 times the amount of the other limbs. I can’t imagine the suckers having any character at all. Mick is definately the mesquite king!
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  5. Sounds like you had a great experience. Glad to here the surgery went so well. Lots of woodworking in your future.
  6. Mick S

    Solidworks?

    Solidworks is serious $$$. About $5300 for an annual license.
  7. treeslayer

    Texas mesquite

    Wow Mick everything is just beautiful, love the cabinets. Is there any mesquite left in Texas of did you turn it all into beautiful woodwork ?
  8. I’m seeing barnwood ads on here now and some are ridiculously expensive. As others have said, location, location, location. I wanted to build a bed for a friend who requested barn wood . I priced it here in Houston and it sells by the linear foot. The friend finally found some in Louisiana, almost for the taking.
  9. The grain erosion on the surface looks very much like softwood, as Tom mentioned. Western red cedar takes that appearance after a couple years of exposure. At that lattitude, perhaps it could be white or yellow cedar. The extremely tight grain of those old trees will make it denser and harder than most of the same species wood from today might seem. Does the external siding appear to be the same type wood?
  10. Sorry, no real experience aith solidworks. It appears to be along the lines of Fusion 360, but more mature and probably more advanced. If you want a free way to dip your toes into the parametric modeling world, I can recommend FreeCAD as a very powerful tool. And it is, well....free. If you are migrating from Sketchup, be prepared for the learning curve. Sketchup is a video game compared to full parametric modeling. You really have to think ahead to achieve the best result.
  11. Mick S

    Texas mesquite

    Here are a few, including proof that it's indeed Texas mesquite!
  12. Does anyone have much experience with Solidworks? A friend of mine suggested the product to me when I was lamenting that neither Sketchup nor Fusion360 were doing quite what I wanted. Solidworks looks a little daunting and there doesn't appear to be a free option as far as I can see at their website. Is it hard or easy to learn and use? Any trial opportunity you know of?
  13. Mark J

    Texas mesquite

    Do you have a picture of the piece of wood? I know woodturners are always interested in wood with interesting figure. I would think carvers are the same.
  14. Mark J

    Texas mesquite

    Mick, that stuff is beautiful, the furniture and the wood it's made from. Geez, the only thing I ever made with mesquite was a steak.
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  16. Mick S

    Texas mesquite

    I do love me some mesquite! Mesquite is not the easiest wood to work with, but it's worth the extra effort, IMO. It's high in mineral content which makes it very abrasive to tools. Here's a good write up about the lumber. One thing I will say is that I LOVE the smell in my shop after milling it. Bear in mind that it's roughly twice as hard as red oak, so carbide tooling is very highly recommended. It also has a great deal of color variation, so matching boards can be a challenge. When finished with oil to bring out the figure it's on par with many exotics, and priced accordingly. I'm a west Texas oil trash guy and grew up with it, so I have a real appreciation for finding something beautiful in such an otherwise desolate landscape. When people ask about the projects I've made with it they're shocked, to a person, when I tell them it's mesquite. I get the bulk of mine from Faifer & Co. outside San Antonio, TX. Here are a few of the pieces I've used mesquite in. Floating top table Cutting board with turquoise Medicine cabinet Our kitchen cabinet fronts. Cherry frames. Large charcuterie board for Alison's niece. Black palm feet. Morris chair. Rookhee campaign chair. Just realized I may have a problem...
  17. I'd like to see pictures of the house, and barn. It might be the wood is worth more in those structures, than sold as reclaimed wood. The board looks like some type of softwood to me. Some of it is really dense, and heavy, but I know nothing of what grows there.
  18. That board doesn't look like oak to me but it's hard to tell. The fastest method is smell. When cutting the wood there is a very obvious difference between them. Good clean end grain pictures are the most accurate. As far as value it all depends on if you can find the right buyer. Also how clean you can get the boards would be a big factor as well. If they are caked in dirt and full of nails not many people will want to buy.
  19. Yea, you want to sand the end grain to at least 150 grit maybe 180 then take as cost as you can picture but still have it in good clear focus.
  20. Thank you both - I'll try to get some better pics. I know it's not pine...and it's fairly heavy and very dense. I took down another piece, from the actually flooring in the 2nd floor of the barn - 17' long, that was fun! lol - and I'm going to clean it up a bit and see if I can get some pics of that too. So - I should take that piece I have and sand the end down? That won't make it harder to identify? Like I said, I have tons of the stuff so I'm game - just want to make sure I'm doing it right!
  21. i will be laminating the ply wood or 1x4 together to make a poor man's bridle joint
  22. That looks like it came from the same assembly line as my Rigid 24241 saw. Very nice machine for the price, even without your upgrades.
  23. Polyurathane construction adhesive (not the foaming stuff) sticks to finished wood quite well, and bonds dissimilar materials, in my experience.
  24. I hope you get it finished and I hope and pray that your recovery continues in a positive direction.
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