Tile-topped Curio Boxes

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Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 02-11-2010 08:09 AM 1879 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These boxes were made as remembrances from my family’s trip to Kauai.

The tops are made from koa wood purchased during our vacation. First time I packed wood in a suitcase to bring home! The inset ceramic tiles feature Hawaian flowers … an orchid on one, plumeria on the other.

I actually purchased the wood having no idea what I was going to do with it … which I don’t recommend. Still have a couple of pieces in the shop waiting for the next idea. I’ll be better prepared next time I go to Hawaii, so that I can buy native wood for the “right” project, in the right sizes and figure!

The box sides and bottoms are made from figured maple, but the maple doesn’t compare to the beauty of the koa!

Finish is many coats of tung oil, with each coat smoothed with steel wool before the next coat.

Based on a design published in Wood magazine, November 2006.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#1 posted 02-11-2010 08:12 AM

Nice boxes Henry cool design and great woods.

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#2 posted 02-11-2010 04:14 PM

Very nice boxes Henry.

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#3 posted 02-11-2010 06:23 PM

Nice boxes, can you tell me where you purchased the tiles. I would like to make some of these for gifts.


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#4 posted 02-12-2010 04:41 AM

The variety of grain patterns is awesome in the Koa…I can only imagine how beautiful these are in person..Nice keepsake boxes : )

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 04:44 AM

Vey nice looking boxes. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 03:18 PM

Henry, these are gorgeous boxes and I particularily enjoy the Koa. It is such a beautiful wood.

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 05:42 AM

Fantastic boxes. Love the Koa. Great design and build.

Keep it up.


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#8 posted 01-03-2011 01:42 AM

very nice work.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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