Hawaiian Koa wood characteristics?

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Forum topic by jayman7 posted 11-20-2017 09:58 PM 2593 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2017 09:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: koa

I wanted to make some pens out of Hawaiian koa wood, so I bought a few blanks off ebay. I’ve never worked with Koa before, but the blanks seemed unusually lightweight. I read online that it’s a medium density wood similar to walnut, but I can tell very easily that they are not the same weight. Here’s a picture of the blanks:

So do you guys think this is really Koa?

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 01:37 PM

I did a google search and that looks to me like koa but I am no expert on the subject


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#2 posted 03-15-2011 04:33 PM

I just walked down to the shop and picked up a piece of Koa and a piece of Walnut of about the same size. I would say, based just on feel – I did not weight them, that the Koa is just a little bit lighter than the Walnut.

I’ve used some Koa to make small boxes, but I have never turned it. I found it very easy to work with.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 04:45 PM

Thanks Rich. I didn’t weigh them either but the koa blank just feels SUBSTANTIALLY lighter than my walnut blanks.

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