blistered koa krenov style cabinet

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Project by pimpson posted 09-22-2013 04:12 AM 6315 views 20 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Krenov style cabinet has been on my woodworking bucket list for a while now. It’s Walnut Birds Eye Maple and Blistered Koa with Ebony accents. This project has taken about 6 months to finish since some of the time I wasn’t able to work on it because of my son and daughter’s sports. When sports are going, on it puts my free time on hold. I love going to watch their sports. The construction is a mixture of mortis and tenon and dowels. The finish is BLO. I haven’t put a wax on yet but will use the renaissance wax. The Blistered Koa has a story behind it. The wood dealer that I go to in town, worked in Hawaii at a wood mill. He had kept in touch with one of the sawyers from the mill and had asked the sawyer if he had any of the Blistered Koa left over. It just so happens that the sawyer did have some stashed away and needed cash, so my wood dealer bought it from him and I bought up what I could afford. I have tried to google the Blistered Koa and only found a guitar (a very expensive guitar) so I’m thinking it’s pretty rare. The wood is gorgeous and was scarred to do anything with it, but love it as a Krenov Style cabinet. I do need to give the photo credits to my brother I can do woodworking I can’t take pictures he is a incredibly successful photographer thank you Andy!

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#1 posted 09-22-2013 04:15 AM

Very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-22-2013 06:06 AM

very beautiful work and wood. thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 09-22-2013 06:09 AM

Insanely beautiful work. Very interesting how it blends Krenov with G&G elements.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 09-22-2013 07:19 AM

What a beautiful cabinet. You are correct about the blistered Koa…I live in Hawaii and work with Koa most of the time in my shop, and I have never heard of it. It sure takes on a life of it’s own. The price’s of Koa and other local woods have really gone up in price (I get it for wholesale from the Miller) because it’s in such a demand from places on the Mainland. I just wish they grew Maple, Cherry, Walnut and other great woods instead I have to pay way above retail prices because it’s shipped in

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 09-22-2013 08:42 AM

I favorited before posting, such an incredible piece. Then I had to forward it to a friend. Now I can comment. You created a masterpiece that will be appreciated for generations to come. Very well done.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#6 posted 09-22-2013 01:28 PM

Beautiful cabinet and wood. I know what you mean about kids and sports. I was essentially never in my shop for 10 years. But the kids have grown and now I have lots of shop time.

-- Ron, Montana

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 01:45 PM

Beautiful piece. Interesting material, and great design and execution.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#9 posted 09-22-2013 02:07 PM

this is very beautiful! You did a great job on it, I love the design and the wood.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#10 posted 09-22-2013 02:53 PM

beautiful cabinet. The blistered Koa is really cool and it looks great alongside the ebony and walnut.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 09-22-2013 03:26 PM

What a work of art. Love the story on the Blistered Koa. The wood is amazing. I see a hint of Greene and Greene in your work. I love that style of woodworing. This will be in your family for many yrs.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 09-22-2013 06:13 PM

Beautiful cabinet and wood. Never seen a blistered wood before, very unusual. Excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#13 posted 09-23-2013 12:03 AM

The repeating arch on the base is a nice touch.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#14 posted 09-23-2013 01:24 AM

Elegant, your craftsmanship is highlighted by the materials.

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#15 posted 09-23-2013 03:17 AM

a really cool looking cabinet. spectacular looking wood.
but why the maple piece in the back?

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