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Project by Ihor posted 03-28-2014 03:06 PM 1446 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t work with wood for a long time, or maybe even better to say I practically haven’t work with wood at all. I’m less than an amateur. But I know you will appreciate any wood I’ll throw at you :).

I was on vacation in Puerto Rico, on a small island called Culebra. On a remote beach, where practically nobody go because its hard to get to, I picked from the palm tree two huge coconuts (and few small ones from other trees). You can see the size of those coconuts from this picture:

I put it next to my backpack and pilled coconuts for size comparison.
I pilled those coconuts and mail them home.
One of the coconuts I gave to my friends, and what I did with the other one you can see on the pictures above (and below).
I didn’t have any tools. I found only small metal saw that used with power tool (don’t have the tool). I cut the top with that saw. Then sand it. Then applied mineral oil. Then more than a dozen of coats of polyurethane, and then polished with sand paper 1K-1.5K-2K-2.5K. And finally polished with Meguiar’s (auto) wax.
This project was totally made inside of the vehicle. Except sanding that was done outside. Don’t ask me why.

Below some more pictures. The pattern inside the coconut I believe is even more beautiful than outside, but it’s hard to show on pictures. The “crocodile eyes” inside of the coconut are natural. After I cleaned my coconut from water and flesh, I let it dry, and after drying it cracked inside. I was upset, but after cleaning cracked shell and seeing eyes, it changed my mood :).

Hope you like it.

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 04:38 PM

By golly, you have to be the one and only person, in the world, who has ever polished a coconut INSIDE and OUT! To my eyes it is as striking as these Nautilus shells some Lumberjocks are producing. I want to see what kind of stand or display device you make. I’m going to keep a watch for it!

-- Howard, Maryland USA

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 05:29 PM

wicked cool. never would have thought to do that, but I guess it’s all plant fibers and would respond well to sanding and a finish. very wild patterns and colors there. Art for sure.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 01:36 PM

Very cool. The eyes are really something!!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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