Koa Wax Box

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Project by Ben posted 06-01-2012 10:24 PM 2265 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made of Koa wood I purchased on during a recent vacation to Hawaii. I had to bring some of it back with me to work with. I’m using it as sparingly as possible. This is made of off cuts from a cross project which is not yet finished. I intend to use the box as a wax box to lubricate my planes during use. The box was made entirely using hand tools. Suffice it to say. I’m pretty proud of it. The dovetails aren’t perfect, but for such a small project I’m happy with it.

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#1 posted 06-01-2012 11:06 PM

Great looking box. Beautiful wood…how did you get it on the plane? What type of wax are you thinking of putting in it?

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 11:23 PM

Off cuts? I think not!
Nicely done!

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#3 posted 06-02-2012 01:02 AM


Koa is a beautiful wood, and this is a wonderful box.

Remember the Wabi-sabi mantra:

Nothing is perfect

Nothing is permanent

Nothing is complete

(More information is available at wikipedia.)

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 06-02-2012 05:53 AM

Nice box,nice wood.You can’t miss with dovetails

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-02-2012 07:40 PM

Very nice looking box Ben. Sounds like you enjoy working with Koa. Every day I am in my shop I work with Koa, Mango and Monkey Pod…I like Koa the best. A couple of the Galleries I sell items at only want products made from Koa. What Island did you visit in our Great State? I live on the Big Island

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 06-03-2012 04:00 AM

Thanks for all the comments. I went to a woodshop which dealt exclusively in Koa when my wife and I went to kauai. It was a beautiful island and they did some great work. The shop actually had short 8/4 boards which i could fit into our suitcases. We didn’t pack them full in anticipation of bringing home a few souvenirs. Also, the store had fedex flat rate boxes already with their boards so you could easily ship them. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the shop. I’m still trying to figure out how best to use the rest of my very limited supply. I’m thinking of carving a hook out of one of them. My wife so one in a boutique shop selling for 700. It was approximately 7 inches in height.
As far was what type of wax to put in there, i’m not sure. I have been using bar soap as it is readily available and doesn’t mess with my finish, but I wanted something a bit nicer. Any suggestions are more than welcome.

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#7 posted 10-10-2012 11:11 PM

Neat project. Was it this place?

I’m going in November and hope to bring back some nice pieces…

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#8 posted 10-14-2012 01:17 AM

The store in Lihue is where I went. They have a very nice showroom, but the boards themselves were actually through a door to the lumberyard. They had about 4 piles of wood with varying size boards from 4/4 to 8/4 in varying quality already in fedex flat rate boxes. Each board was no longer than two feet. We didn’t need the box because we were able to put in our luggage, but had we no space they would have been nice. Don’t miss out on Wailua falls either. The turn off is right next to the store. Enjoy your trip. Its a beautiful island.

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