Mesquite » Prosopis juliflora

Why Mesquite?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood

Somewhat straight grained but often wavy. Mesquite trees are short desert plants that yield boards with knots, splits, worm holes, etc. Woodworkers use the defects as points of interest in the finished pieces.
Mesquite grows in North America

map of where Mesquite grows
color of Mesquite
Color Range
Rich dark brown heartwood with wavy darker lines.
other names for Mesquite
Other Names
Honey Mesquite, Argentine Mesquite
uses for Mesquite
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, flooring, cabinetry, fine art, turnings
the Mesquite tree
What's the Tree Like?
This is a small, twisted, short-trunked tree, 20 to 50 feet high, or a large shrub. It is very slow growing, ill-shaped and scrawny looking tree with an exceptionally deep tap root.


lbs /Bd. Ft.
-9.22% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
78.22% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
Same as red oak (.64)

Woodworking with Mesquite:

General Workability
Somewhat Difficult 8/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Mesquite 4/4 Lumber

Mesquite 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Mesquite Hardwood Sample

Mesquite Hardwood Sample

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Mesquite Pen Blanks

Mesquite Pen Blanks

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