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Project by Combo Prof posted 01-02-2019 07:34 PM 592 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made of Hawaiian Koa and hard maple. I am without a corded miter-saw so this was all sawn by hand using a MF-Langdon miter saw and other handsaws except the re-sawing which was done on my old delta-rockwell band saw. All were made smooth with bench planes and scrapers. The sides came out in my opinion to thin for hinges. So I fitted the top by adding the maple inserts. I used a bench hook as a temporary shooting board and used it to trim the inserts until they fit perfectly. This worked so well I have since made a proper shooting board and donkey ear and I am very excited to soon use them on the next box.

Dimensions are 3” D x 4” W x 12” L. It was made to fit my wife’s fiber art things, knitting needles, crochet hooks, lazy kate pins and etc.

Finish is tru-oil and alfie shine.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)





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#1 posted 01-02-2019 07:44 PM

Beautiful work, Dr. Don!

-- Bob Page

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#2 posted 01-02-2019 08:00 PM

Excellent work Don :-)) The two woods contrast beautifully!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 01-02-2019 09:17 PM

sweet,you can never go wrong with the natural beauty of koa.nice work don.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 01-03-2019 03:07 AM

Really nice hand tool work Don.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 01-03-2019 04:07 AM

Thanks Bob, Kenny, Potz and Kevin. It was an inspired gift for Carol that I think looks spectacular in person. I am very pleased with it.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#6 posted 01-03-2019 05:51 AM

Looks Good! Have some Koa somewhere,might have to see if I can find it, how was it to work with?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 01-03-2019 03:03 PM

Andre I found it surprisingly easy to work with. Sort of like black walnut. It only has Janka Hardness: 1,170 lbf and the tangental shrinkage is pretty close to the radial shrinkage the ratio is 1.1. So I am not worried that it will fall apart should it dry more.

According to the wood database: In most circumstances, Koa is easy to work, and sands well. However, figured wood, or pieces with heavily interlocked grain can be difficult to plane or machine without tearing or chipping of the grain; also, Koa can occasionally give problems in gluing, though this is somewhat uncommon. Koa turns, stains, and finishes well.

I found this to all be true. I had to card scrape a few of the difficult places around the “knots” you see.

I bought it on sale from Woodcraft of Grand Rapids Michigan and there is a discussion about Koa at this link https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/woodsense-spotlight-on-koa. I looked though the lot of boards they had until I found a board I could work work with. I had no idea at the time it would become this lovely box.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#8 posted 01-03-2019 03:39 PM

Good to know, I bought a board years ago in Honolulu, the guy cut it so I could get it into the suitcase, have given a few small pieces away to other wood collectors but still have a decent size chunk left so maybe time to build?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 01-03-2019 05:12 PM

I love Koa, nice work on the box

-- Petey

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#10 posted 01-03-2019 06:16 PM

Nice box, Don.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#11 posted 01-03-2019 07:59 PM

Thank you Petey and woodcox.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#12 posted 01-05-2019 08:36 PM

Really nice box and workmanship Don. I’ve never worked with Koa, but I like the look of it a lot.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#13 posted 01-05-2019 08:40 PM

Thanks Andy.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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