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Wood Properties of Mesquite

Mesquite Amount of Figure
Intermediate

Mesquite Amount of Natural Luster
Low

Mesquite Availability of Wood
Adequate

Mesquite Available As Lumber
Yes

Mesquite Available as Veneer
Yes

Mesquite Available only in small sizes
Yes

Mesquite Bending Strength
Low

Mesquite Blunting of Tool Blades
Low

Mesquite Botanical Name
Prosopis juliflora

Mesquite Carving
Average to somewhat difficult to carve

Mesquite Clear Finish or Varnish
Good

Mesquite Color of Wood
Dark Brown

Mesquite Contrast between growth rings
Insufficient Data Available

Mesquite Crushing Strength
Low

Mesquite Decorative Figure
No

Mesquite Density
Very high

Mesquite Drilling
Insufficient Data Available

Mesquite Fill before Finishing
Insufficient Data Available

Mesquite Gluing
Good

Mesquite Grain
Mostly Straight

Mesquite Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Noticeable or Distinct growth ring

Mesquite Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Noticeable or distinct growth ring stripe, ribbon or flake pattern

Mesquite Hand Tooling
Average

Mesquite Hardness
Hard, difficult to dent

Mesquite Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Mesquite Harmful Properties
Non Toxic

Mesquite Interlocked Grain
No

Mesquite Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Low

Mesquite Machine Tools
Average

Mesquite Mortising
Insufficient Data Available

Mesquite Movement after drying
Low

Mesquite Nail Holding
Good- Nails are fairly difficult to pull out

Mesquite Nailing
Fair - may require pre-drilled pilot hole especially near ends

Mesquite Natural Durability
Durable

Mesquite Number of Knots
Insufficient Data Available

Mesquite Painting
Insufficient Data Available

Mesquite Planing
Insufficient Data Available

Mesquite Polishing
Poor

Mesquite Pounds per cubic foot maximum
50

Mesquite Pounds per cubic foot minimum
50

Mesquite Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Mesquite Sanding
Insufficient Data Available

Mesquite Sawing
Low cutting resistance

Mesquite Screw Holding
Good - Fairly difficult to remove screws

Mesquite Screwing
Fair - May require pre-drilled pilot holes especially near ends

Mesquite Shaping
Insufficient Data Available

Mesquite Size of Knots
Insufficient Data Available

Mesquite Size of Pores
Insufficient Data Available

Mesquite Specific Gravity
Extrememly high

Mesquite Specific Gravity maximum
.8

Mesquite Specific Gravity minimum
.8

Mesquite Staining
Poor

Mesquite Steam Bending
Satisfactory

Mesquite Stiffness
Moderate

Mesquite Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Mesquite Texture of the Wood
Moderately Coarse

Mesquite Toughness
Moderate

Mesquite Turning
Very good

Mesquite Weight
Very heavy

Mesquite Wood Defects
Check (or split)

Mesquite Work Notes
None

Mesquite Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
no

Mesquite Use for Carving
no

Mesquite Use for Cooperage
no

Mesquite Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Mesquite Use for Flooring
YES

Mesquite Use for Furniture
YES

Mesquite Use for Handles
no

Mesquite Use for Heavy Construction
no

Mesquite Use for Inlay
no

Mesquite Use for Interior Finish
no

Mesquite Use for Light Construction
YES

Mesquite Use for Marine Applications
no

Mesquite Use for Marquetry
no

Mesquite Use for Millwork
YES

Mesquite Use for Models and Patterns
no

Mesquite Use for Musical Instruments
no

Mesquite Use for Novelties
no

Mesquite Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Mesquite Use for Shingles
no

Mesquite Use for Sports Equipment
no

Mesquite Use for Turnery
YES

Mesquite Use for Woodenware
no





     
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