Koa box of drawers

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This box is made of koa, a wood indigenous to Hawaii. Koa is oily, not as much as rosewood or teak. The secondary wood is wenge. I added this piece to my projects to reinforce what I’ve said earlier about matching grain and how that really pulls a piece together.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#1 posted 1786 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks, Cathy! I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t really had much of a chance to comment, but your work is Superb!! You’ve quickly become one of my new Heroes!! :)
I love the way you blend the natural beauty of the woods with your own personal style in each creation…You are very gifted! I read your Home page and looked at your link…can’t help but think you must “ruffle some feathers” in this “male dominated field” as you say…GOOD FOR YOU!!!
Thank You many times for sharing your work, it’s nothing short of Excellent!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 1786 days ago

very nice looking piece. i like the combination of woods. are the drawer fronts from one piece of Koa or are the veneered? keep up the great work.

-- mjhaines

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Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 1786 days ago

Very Nice. The design and quality of your craftsmanship is very eye catching. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 1786 days ago

Wonderful design and craftsmanship!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 1786 days ago

i must say ,
your work isn’t bad ,
(for a girl , lol ),
it is ,


thank you for the chance to see it .

and yes , WELCOME !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 1786 days ago

Nice work.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#7 posted 1786 days ago

What a beautiful piece. Good style and shape. The wood combo makes it just pop.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#8 posted 1786 days ago


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

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#9 posted 1786 days ago

Great piece, love the grain pattern.

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

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#10 posted 1786 days ago

The grain direction as it changes from going to the back on the bottom drawer to almost sideways on the top drawer is fabulous.

You can tell that this was not just pick up some wood and nail it in place.

You probably had to select a lot of pieces to get the transition that looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#11 posted 1786 days ago

Hey Cathy
Amazing design and outstanding Koa. Wonderful piece

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 1786 days ago

Your project is very stunning. I love the way the grain flows.
I believe the most pleasurable pieces to build are ones that you can really play with the grain.

I enjoyed visiting your web site also. WOW, to be living in Ohua, Hawaii and getting to work with Koa.
Talk a bout a wonderful life…..........

I have been to Maui a couple of times, and always thought that if I wont the lottery I would have to move there.

Thanks for posting

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#13 posted 1785 days ago

Beautiful Piece. Your work is excellent, I am not adept at this craft enough to be a critic, I just know beauty when I see it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 1781 days ago

beautiful work cathy

-- -erik & christy-

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#15 posted 1777 days ago

I love it.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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