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Project by cathyb posted 10-08-2015 05:31 AM 2340 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey fellow lumberjocks, it has been awhile since I had a chance to post anything. Real estate sure does keep me hopping, but when a get a few minutes, I work in the shop. This is my latest project. It is made of koa with a natural edge. The “rocks” are hand shaped from koa and milo.

This is the overview of what I am calling a display case. I really wanted to display the wood as well as any precious collectible on the shelf.

I like to use various shapes for my rocks to create a river rock look. The milo is sanded down to 600 grit and then waxed. The koa is sanded down to 600 grit as well, but I use polyurethane and then wax.

The top is a laminate of two pieces of koa to take away the open and add support, although the shelf keeps the natural edge.

The natural edge created the side profile, which I like.

The entire piece is finished with General polyurethane with about six coats and then polished and waxed.

Thanks for looking….


-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#1 posted 10-08-2015 05:32 AM

By the way, I do have other photos. Any suggestions on how to rotate them for the post.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#2 posted 10-08-2015 05:35 AM

Welcome back stranger. We’ve missed you.
This is a lovely piece. You have done justice to some beautiful material …... but then that is your special talent, isn’t it.
I hope you have time to drop in a little more often in the future.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 10-08-2015 05:37 AM

It’s been a crazy year. Selling real estate is definitely a time consuming job. Of course, woodworking will always be my passion.

Great to hear from you Paul!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#4 posted 10-08-2015 07:27 AM

wow cathy you know how much i love koa as it is the most beautiful wood in the world and you took it to the highest level of craftsmanship well craftwomenship and i love this piece, keep sawing away lol.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#5 posted 10-08-2015 08:25 AM

Nice work it looks beautiful and flows really well. Really like the color as well. Good to see ya again.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 10-08-2015 09:45 AM

Creative and beautiful as usual Cathy. Good to see you posting again.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 10-08-2015 11:22 AM

Beautiful work. good to see you again.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 10-08-2015 12:06 PM

Nice to see your work again Cathy. You did justice to some very beautiful wood. Aloha!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#9 posted 10-08-2015 01:25 PM

It’s a very nice piece, Cathy. Congratulations. You have a nice website and make some fine pieces.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 10-08-2015 01:29 PM

looks great

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#11 posted 10-08-2015 02:05 PM

What a FUN piece to work on and admire! The woods are so beautiful. Are the rocks unattached so that one can fondle them or are they anchored down?

Glad to see you’re still able to get some sawdust on you!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 10-08-2015 04:06 PM

Beautiful wood and piece designed around the it’s uniqueness. I like the way you laminated the top to keep the live edge and maintain the integrity and strength. Crop or rotate your pictures ever so slightly and the orientation should be fixed. Usually the images taken in ‘portrait’ mode are the ones you have to edit this way. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 10-08-2015 04:45 PM


I was thinking about you recently. Missing your creative flow. It is hard to serve two masters? I really like the shelf! Welcome back!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 10-08-2015 05:17 PM

Good morning everyone,

It is so nice to hear from my friends again. You are right Doc, you can’t be in two places at one time. I pour my energy into the real estate and have done quite well, but my heart is in the woodworking. In the regard, I am so blessed to have this outlet to keep me centered.

Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts. I had that board laying in the shop for almost a year before I came up with this idea. I wanted to maintain its wild nature, but still make something functional. Of course, I love making the rocks, although it is quite time consuming. The display case idea popped into my head one day and then it was just get out there and make that happen. I let the wood dictate what it would become. I like it.

I have another display case coming that is almost finished. I’ll post it soon.

It’s nice to be back home again. Hopefully the real estate will stay calm for awhile. I’m in escrow now and have some buyers on the hunt, but that is totally manageable.

I look forward to your latest projects. Creating something from nothing with your heart and your hands is as close as we can come to God at the moment. It is a special gift that we have been given and that is pretty cool :)

Have a terrific day!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#15 posted 10-09-2015 12:11 AM

Absolutely beautiful! I love that Koa wood, and your display should be in an art gallery!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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