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Project by recycle1943 posted 08-09-2021 05:17 PM 774 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had 4 pieces of curly Koa just waiting for me to do something with it. A couple days ago I decided I was tired of shuffling it around from place to place and got started on it.
Getting the miters cut left me with 4 pieces 6” long and I didn’t want to waste any more of it so that was going to be my box size.
Unfortunately, 6” is quite a spread for a one handed lift off lid so imagination had to get busy as well. I decided to make a front handle and inset it top and bottom on the front for lid orintentation so as to keep the curly appearance symetrical.
I just happen to have another piece of Koa 3/4” wide and 10” or so long and it wasn’t curly but had very prominate dark lines thru it. A 3/4” router bit on the box and some hand sanding, a little glue and 1/8” dowel holds that in place. I also installed 1/8” dowels in lieu of splines to strengthen the mitered corners. I do feel it was a wasted effort for strength but it looks nice cosmetically but I did put them front and rear for appearance sake.
The box ended up 6” square x 3 1/4” high with a walnut insert for the top, laun bottom with leather glued to the inside. I broke my cardinal rule and stained the bottom outside because it looked terrible natural color.
I used 3/16” oak inside and 3/16” higher than the bottom carcus to hold the lid in place.
Overall, if it weren’t for the Koa this would be just another box and in this case the pictures are an injustice to the beauty of the curly Koa. You’ll just have to take my word on this one guys – in real time, it is spectactular

Thanks for looking and have a GREAT day !

-- 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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oldrivers

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#1 posted 08-09-2021 05:20 PM

Very Nice, GOOD work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 08-09-2021 05:24 PM

A very pleasant mix of woods Dick. It makes for a great box. I like the pinned miters, they add just that right amount of bling. Nice build.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 08-09-2021 05:42 PM

very nice.
Chuck

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 08-09-2021 06:35 PM

Great wood combo! The dowels looks great, plenty of them, symmetry, and sized just right.

Neat idea with the lid lift!

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#5 posted 08-09-2021 07:37 PM

It looks great. Nice work!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 08-09-2021 07:41 PM

Nice use of the Koa, Dick !!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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987Ron

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#7 posted 08-09-2021 08:22 PM

Good looking box. The wood is great. Nice workmanship

-- Ron

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#8 posted 08-09-2021 08:23 PM

Beautiful box, I really like the lifting handle – very unique & attractive.

-- "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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#9 posted 08-09-2021 08:31 PM

Nice work, really like the leather liner too.

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#10 posted 08-09-2021 08:50 PM

The lift in the front is a novel idea for a lift top box. I thought it was some kind of latch. Nice work as always!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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recycle1943

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#11 posted 08-09-2021 09:05 PM



Very Nice, GOOD work.

- oldrivers

It was a fun build


A very pleasant mix of woods Dick. It makes for a great box. I like the pinned miters, they add just that right amount of bling. Nice build.

- therealSteveN


The walnut is from the client that allowed me the liberty to make whatever I wanted utilizing their lumber. Problem is I’m running out of their wood. They’ll bring more in a week or so


very nice.
Chuck

- Woodchuckswife


Thanks Chuck

Great wood combo! The dowels looks great, plenty of them, symmetry, and sized just right.

Neat idea with the lid lift!

- splintergroup

Thanks, I almost had to do that because the box is too big for little hands


It looks great. Nice work!

- drewpy

Thanks for looking


Nice use of the Koa, Dick !!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim, the pieces were so nice and curly I had to do something with them


Good looking box. The wood is great. Nice workmanship

- 987Ron

Thanks, Koa comes alive with a finish on it. Some that I have is hard to tell what it’ll look like til I get a finish on it.


Nice work, really like the leather liner too.

- Nick424


Thanks Nick, You know this all your fault – right ?


The lift in the front is a novel idea for a lift top box. I thought it was some kind of latch. Nice work as always!!

- EarlS


Thanks Earl, the lift serves a twofold purpose – it heclps lift the lid off and deliberately put the curl where it belongs. Notice the curl runs top to bottom – if the lid were put on 180 degrees it wouldn’t look nearly as impressive

-- 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 08-09-2021 09:20 PM

Very I interesting box,, love Koa. Nice work.

-- Petey

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FrenchGoattoys

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#13 posted 08-10-2021 01:16 AM

Love the grain. Great job.

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

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BB1

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#14 posted 08-10-2021 01:46 AM

Really eye catching. Never have seen, let alone worked with, Koa.

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recycle1943

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#15 posted 08-10-2021 09:46 AM



Very I interesting box,, love Koa. Nice work.

- Peteybadboy

Thanks Petey – it can be pretty dense, thus a little tricky sometimes


Love the grain. Great job.

- FrenchGoattoys

Thanks, the curl in this piece is extremely prominate


Really eye catching. Never have seen, let alone worked with, Koa.

- BB1

Thanks BB1 – I was introduced to Koa by a fellow LJ’er or I would have never used it.

-- 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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