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My first Total Koa lumber Lamp with resin

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Project by recycle1943 posted 03-24-2021 02:45 PM 922 views 0 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I managed to get a second mortgage on our house and use that $$$$ to purchase some Koa wood from Hawaii. Go ahead and laugh about the mortgage but take a minute or two and search Koa lumber on ebay, you will understand.
Anyway, here is the result of some of that purchase. I tried to get curly Koa but that is a lot easier said than done but none the less, this is precious and fantastic lumber.
the first picture is the lamp without the led lit.
The second picture is lit and shows the resin encompassing Koa on the bottom edge for a unique appearance.
Picture 3 shows the bottom edge a little better
In picture 4 and 5 I try to show the different colors in the same board that was used to make the riser and picture 6 is holding the shade up to the window light allowing the resin to show it’s beauty
After much anticipation getting this lumber from Hawaii I am totally satisfied with the multi color, workability and sanding characteristics.
It’s probably not for everybody but I like it.
an after thought, I’ll probably drill the bottom corners with a forstner and inset felt pads

Thanks for looking and comments are welcome

a couple more random pictures

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





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FrenchGoattoys

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#1 posted 03-24-2021 03:42 PM

Looks amazing.

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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#2 posted 03-24-2021 03:58 PM

Beautiful!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 03-24-2021 04:04 PM

KOA!!! man that word makes my wallet shrink.beautiful wood and beautiful lamp dick,nice job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 03-24-2021 04:20 PM



Looks amazing.

- FrenchGoattoys


Beautiful!!!

- woodbutcherbynight

Thanks Guys – this one was fun

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 03-24-2021 04:23 PM


KOA!!! man that word makes my wallet shrink.beautiful wood and beautiful lamp dick,nice job.

- pottz

Thanks Pottz – Yeah, this won’t sit on the same shelf as my domestic wood lamps. One hunk of lumber has multi colors, makes it easy to build ‘cause it doesn’t take any color scheming to achieve contrast. The shade was one hunk of lumber.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 03-24-2021 04:52 PM

It’s a outstanding lamp Dick and a one of a kind. Besides the beauty of the Koa, you did a excellent job.
Years ago I purchased Koa off of e-bay. Yes that is some expensive stuff to buy. The shipping was cheaper than buying something around here. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 03-24-2021 05:05 PM

Golly, that’s a pretty one, Dick! Looks like it was worth the second mortgage.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 03-24-2021 05:28 PM

Nice work….
I have a small chunk of Koa left from a piece given to me….come to think of it by a fellow lumberjock. Having a senior moment and can’t remember his last name….1st name Scott and a sub commander at the Pearl Harbor sub training facility. We had been talking a lot on here because of a common love for surfing/paddleboarding. We met on Maui 12 years ago at an event my brother was putting on…paddleboard related….and he surprised me with a gift of a few board feet of Koa.

Last time I was on Maui (spring 2019) we were talking to one of the lifeguards my brother knows. I had been collecting driftwood to bring back for a project and he told me I just missed a great chance for some wood. A massive koa log had washed up on the beach. He said it wasn’t long before guys with chain saws started taking it apart. I missed it by a week…...:(

-- Bob

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#9 posted 03-24-2021 05:36 PM



It s a outstanding lamp Dick and a one of a kind. Besides the beauty of the Koa, you did a excellent job.
Years ago I purchased Koa off of e-bay. Yes that is some expensive stuff to buy. The shipping was cheaper than buying something around here. LOL.

- doubleDD

Thanks Dave, I bought several pieces on ebay and if I ever sell one the lamps it’ll help pay for it. I just can’t get over the different colors in the same board

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 03-24-2021 05:38 PM



Golly, that’s a pretty one, Dick! Looks like it was worth the second mortgage.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks Dave, I hope your’re catching up with your projects

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#11 posted 03-24-2021 05:40 PM



Nice work….
I have a small chunk of Koa left from a piece given to me….come to think of it by a fellow lumberjock. Having a senior moment and can t remember his last name….1st name Scott and a sub commander at the Pearl Harbor sub training facility. We had been talking a lot on here because of a common love for surfing/paddleboarding. We met on Maui 12 years ago at an event my brother was putting on…paddleboard related….and he surprised me with a gift of a few board feet of Koa.

Last time I was on Maui (spring 2019) we were talking to one of the lifeguards my brother knows. I had been collecting driftwood to bring back for a project and he told me I just missed a great chance for some wood. A massive koa log had washed up on the beach. He said it wasn t long before guys with chain saws started taking it apart. I missed it by a week…...:(

- Bob Babcock

Thanks Bob, I’d still be kicking myself if I missed a free log. It would have been worth buying a chain saw to salvage the log.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#12 posted 03-24-2021 07:04 PM

That looks nice and smooth Dick, you are in your groove!

I’m still sitting on a USPS flat rate box of koa offcuts sent by my SIL from when they visited the island. No idea yet what to do with them.

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 03-24-2021 07:08 PM



That looks nice and smooth Dick, you are in your groove!

I m still sitting on a USPS flat rate box of koa offcuts sent by my SIL from when they visited the island. No idea yet what to do with them.

- splintergroup

Thanks splinter – Koa works nice and easy, a little hard on the sinus but it takes a finish great. Oh, the flat rate box, I’ll pm my address and you can just forward it to me there’s no sense just letting it sit lol

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#14 posted 03-24-2021 07:14 PM

Dick,
Those are great lamps, with the Koa wood adding to the beauty. I see what you mean about the price of the wood, the lumber dealer I got with a google search showed board prices that made my sphincter severely tighten up.
That’s one wood I be afraid to cut for fear of making mistakes, it would be a “measure 20 times, cut once” project.
Nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#15 posted 03-24-2021 07:24 PM

Looks great job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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