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Frontier ranch building techniques are still used today in this live edge mesquite wood table. Vastly popular in the frontier days of making furniture on the open range, the technique of using mortise and tenon ensured the longevity of the dining or work table. The ‘A” shaped legs became commonly known as a ranch table. The pegs on the tenon are called tusk tenons with a wedge so the furniture could be taken apart and loaded on a wagon to go to a new home.
What a find. The farm ranch table has irregular planks and has very little done to the found piece of mesquite. Due to mesquite’s density, the less you do the better the mesquite is. So the one slightly bent leg lends an authenticity to the look of the table. Classic ranch trestle table for the family. You could find this in a movie from the 1800’s of the wild west frontier.
Did your know? The oldest piece of furniture found was buried more than 20 feet underground, preserved for millennia by cold, wet, oxygen–free conditions. It was a timber box located at the bottom of a well and was carbon dated to be 7,000 years old—the world’s oldest known intact wooden architecture AND it has the same mortise and tenon construction as this table.