koa box/maple

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Project by boxman posted 03-25-2009 02:22 AM 1698 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box using koa on all 4 sides, maple for the top & bottom , aromatic red cedar for the corners, with wooden hinges made from zebrawood & maple. Koa is from Hawaii , because the lid was so big i put a brass chain to hold it open, the aromatic cedar was 1 1/4” X 1 1/4” using my router table & a heart pattern plate this is a similar set up on my jewerly box/music but that one i used a different pattern plate called E-Z link dovetail plate.I finished the box with natural danish oil with wet sanding to 600 grit & used shellac inside & out to finish it off.

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask,

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#1 posted 03-25-2009 02:24 AM

Really cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-25-2009 03:04 AM

nice box like the koa killer!!!!

-- tom logan

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#3 posted 03-25-2009 04:20 AM

Nice. I’m going to have to do the wooden hinges sometime, they just look so cool!

-- Chris

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#4 posted 03-25-2009 12:33 PM

Nicely done.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#5 posted 03-25-2009 07:41 PM

Very cool. A lot of work there. Love your special dovetails and the wood hinges. Great project.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 03-26-2009 05:43 AM

making wood hinges is not to hard if i can figure it out i’m sure you’ll do OK, i just made box joints on my router table , set up the parts clamped together & drill your hole, just go easy & you’ll have hinges.

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask,

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#7 posted 03-27-2009 09:15 PM

Are those joints done on a Leigh dovetail jig, or is it something similar but custom?

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#8 posted 03-28-2009 03:26 AM

the heart joints were done on my tablr router system & i used a special fence to do these hearts , if you want to see I’ll show you what i use for a router table system , take a look at , this is the table router system i use.

—john, Moose Jaw, Sask,

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask,

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#9 posted 04-17-2009 02:33 AM

Nice job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 02-11-2010 01:07 AM

Very nice. I’m very impressed because you did something that I tried to do and failed.

You must know something I don’t know. I have the same router table system and I am very frustrated with it. I have tried several patterns and I cannot produce two pieces of wood that will fit together. They are always way too tight. Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong?

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

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#11 posted 02-11-2010 01:17 AM

Well done John That Koa is gorgeous

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 03-31-2010 12:33 AM

cool little box, love the joinery.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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