Mesquite

Prosopis gladulosa

Appearance

Mesquite

Shown with water-based finish (top), and oil-based finish (bottom)

Color: Light brown to dark reddish brown.

Grain: High in character, with ingrown bark and mineral streaks. Most commonly used in flooring as end-grain block, which has small irregular cracks radiating across the grain.

Species & Grade Variations: One grade, moderate color variations.

Properties

Hardness (Janka): 2345; 82% harder than Northern Red Oak.

Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00129; 65% more stable than Red Oak).

Durability: Dense and very strong. End-grain cut has excellent resistance to abrasion and shock.

Workability

Sawing/Machining: Very good machining qualities.

Sanding: Plainsawn can be sanded to a smooth surface; end-grain requires #16 grit sandpaper to flatten.

Nailing: Good holding ability, but splits easily.

Finishing: No known problems.

Comments: End-grain block usage results in a hard, high-wear surface. Produces only small size boards.

Cost

(Relative to plain sawn select Red Oak)
Multiplier: 2.50

Availability

Moderately available.