Koa coffee table

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Project by Ron Messersmith posted 02-24-2012 08:43 PM 3301 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a figured koa coffee table that I made 35 year ago while stationed in Hawaii. I worked at the submarine base’s wood hobby shop and had access to koa. I couldn’t afford to buy the wood in this table today. It runs around $150 per board foot. But it’s still my favorite wood species!

-- Jupiter

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 08:47 PM

Amazing wood and outstanding lines and super build.

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 08:54 PM

Wow.. great design and wood! Excellent build

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

#3 posted 02-24-2012 09:37 PM

Very beautiful work,Ron.


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#4 posted 02-24-2012 10:09 PM

Wow, great looking table

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 10:53 PM

That is some beautiful wood! As well as the design and craftsmenship, well done!

-- I have so many projects on the go, guess I'm not a "finish" carpenter!

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#6 posted 02-25-2012 09:50 AM

Ron, I agree, one of the many great things about being part of Uncle Sams finest Navy is the opportunity to get out to other areas of the world. That I get the opportunity to work with exotic woods from those countries is merely an added bonus.

-- Matt

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#7 posted 02-25-2012 02:07 PM

That wood is beautiful and you have done it justice.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#8 posted 02-25-2012 03:41 PM

Really nice. I like the legs.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#9 posted 02-25-2012 08:32 PM

Beautiful. Looks like you just finished it. What are the dimensions?

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#10 posted 02-25-2012 08:42 PM

you saying the submarine had a wood shop … wow…lol (kidding) nice well done on the coffee table.

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#11 posted 02-27-2012 06:11 AM

Ditto saddletramp and SuburbanDon.

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