Due to Mesquite's extreme dimensional stability, plank flooring can be glued down directly to the slab in solid form. Mesquite has been successfully glued to concrete slabs in sizes ranging from 1/2" x 3" to 3/4" x 8", and in extreme climates from Arizona to Florida, with a 0% failure rate since 1985, the year we started making mesquite flooring.
COLOR: Light brown to dark reddish brown.
GRAIN: High in character, with ingrown bark and mineral streaks. Most commonly used in flooring and end-grain block, which has small irregular cracks radiating across the grain.
HARDNESS (JANKA): 2345 (82% harder than Northern red oak).
DIMENSIONAL STABILITY: Excellent (3.2; 63% more stable than Northern red oak).
SAWING/MACHINING: Very good machining qualities.
NAILING: Splits tongues easily.
SANDING: Plain sawn can be sanded to a smooth surface. End-grain requires a coarser abrasive to flatten; it is recommended that it be flattened by sanding at a 45-degree angle to the grain.
First Cut: 40 or 50 at a 7-15 degree angle with the grain
Second Cut: 60 or 80 straight with the grain
Third Cut: 80 or 100
Hard Plate: 100
First Screen: 80 or 100
Second Screen: 120
FINISHING: No known problems.
COMMENTS: End-grain block usage results in a hard,
high-wear surface. Produces only shorter-length boards.
North America, Central America, South America