Eddie's Garden

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This credenza is made of blonde koa, a wood indigenous to Hawaii. I actually laminated the flowers onto the doors during construction to cut down on the cost. Then I cleaned up the edges and removed the excess glue with small carving tools and a flex shaft carver with tiny sanding discs. It took quite a bit of time, but was well worth the effort.
As a message to folks out there who might be kinda new to this crazy fun, here’s a little note: if you take boards that are sisters (they were cut one right after the other when the sawyer sliced up the tree) lay them out before you ever cut a piece of wood. Look at how the grain flows. Because these sister boards are so closely related in grain they will pull your whole piece together. No matter how large the piece is, if the grain is continuous it will have symmetry and add to the balance. The grain makes all the difference in the world.

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#1 posted 08-10-2009 02:41 AM

Geeezzz….Girl you are special. Like i said three minutes ago on your other piece.. The grain pattern sets Greatness from normality. You do exceptional work. Congradulations on the bench contest i gave you my first place vote and these would get the same. Honored to be able to see your work !!!

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#2 posted 08-10-2009 02:42 AM

Cathy, Your work is beautiful. Is the Koa 3/4” or is it veneer? What is the finish on the piece? Joe

-- Joe Massanova, Somerdale, NJ -

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 02:49 AM

Nice work. Love the look and the wood.

-- Duane, Ohio

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#4 posted 08-10-2009 02:56 AM

Very cool. Love the material

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 03:01 AM

You really put thought into your projects and it shows. Fantastic! Great to see your work, thanks, welcome, and look forward to seeing more…...................Jack…......................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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RS Woodworks

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 03:32 AM

Really really nice. I’ve always loved Koa and this piece is exceptionally awesome. Great work.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 08-10-2009 03:52 AM

very impressive work … what was the cost of the KOA ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 08-10-2009 05:01 AM

WOW Cathy This is an amazing piece most beautiful. Great work so well done.


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#9 posted 08-10-2009 07:19 AM

Beautiful work with some fantastic material! There are so many things you did right on this one that I don’t know where to start.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#10 posted 08-10-2009 07:50 AM

Gorgeous. I love Koa. Beautiful piece.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 08-10-2009 01:54 PM

Beautiful!!! Excellent Craftsmanship.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Daren Nelson

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#12 posted 08-10-2009 02:53 PM

Very nice work, it’s very attractive. I love your expression “sister boards” since I am a sawyer, I may drop my term book matched and adopt your term it just sounds more organic.

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#13 posted 08-10-2009 04:06 PM

A total WOW!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#14 posted 08-10-2009 05:06 PM

I love that! Wow, the grain is in your face beautiful.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#15 posted 08-10-2009 06:12 PM

Definite eye grabber with all the wild grain patterns. Nicely done.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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