Hawaiian Koa Box....with Turtle

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Project by jbschutz posted 06-04-2015 08:16 PM 1329 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hawaiian Koa Box…with Turtle ....Have I mentioned before how much I love Koa wood?.....probably. On our recent trip to Kaua’i, I picked up a few small pieces of koa to smuggle back to Minnesota. Actually, you don’t have to smuggle it, no restrictions. This is the latest creation, about 6×9 inches, with a book-matched panel for a lid. The panel and the bottom are riding in dados, and the corners are rabbeted, rather than my usual mitered corners and spline arrangement. A simple sea turtle silhouette graces the corner of the lid.
The brass hinges have a built-in stop at 105 degrees. The bottom is lined with grey suede leather, and the finish is satin poly. Mahalo!

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 06-04-2015 10:17 PM

That is a really nice box JB…and I can easily see why you like the Koa so much. The carved Turtle adds a unique look.

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#2 posted 06-04-2015 11:45 PM

Great looking box! I love that Koa wood, and the turtle is great!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 06-05-2015 01:54 AM

LOL! I just about got strip searched when I came back to Canada in Feb. Purchased a small board at Honolulu Hardwoods and had them cut out all knots and bark put was still given the ounce over at customs! Still haven’t decided what to make yet? Wonder how D.T. would look?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 06-05-2015 02:25 AM

Lovely box John. Great use of the koa too. That stuff seems to be like gold these days. ...or ebony. Anyway you’ve done it proud.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 06-05-2015 04:20 AM

As you know I’m also a lover of Koa wood. Good job with the box and nice detail with the turtle.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#6 posted 06-05-2015 02:37 PM

You have solved a dilemma I’ve been having.
My sis/brother in law gave me some small pieces of Koa a number of years ago and I still haven’t decide what to make with it. A nice box would be perfect!

They also sent it from Kauai. Wood sellers on the island will fill one of those postal ‘priority’ boxes with as much Koa as they can hold and mail them to your house. Basically you get a flat rate on postage based on volume, not weight.

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#7 posted 06-05-2015 03:27 PM

John, i really like the koa and would love to work it some day.
well done on a very nice little box.

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#8 posted 06-05-2015 04:10 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship and outstanding detail on the turtle!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 06-05-2015 04:56 PM

Nice work John – and that is beautiful wood!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 06-05-2015 08:07 PM


Yea, you have to love that Koa wood. It is my go to wood around my shop. Living in Hawaii does allow me to obtain lots of Koa, but the prices keep going up on it…darn near like gold. I am always asking friends to be on the look out for Koa laying around. A few weeks ago I bought a small pickup load from a guy that had it laying in his yard for who knows how long. Cost…$100. Yea, I will be making lots of good things from it.

Very nice looking box.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 06-08-2015 01:29 PM

Beautiful box! Did you pick up the material at the Koa Wood Store?? Love that place!

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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#12 posted 06-09-2015 10:16 AM

A beautiful box. That Koa is gorgeous.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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