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Koa Bible with stand

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Project by damon posted 02-22-2010 04:47 AM 2058 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the third of several of these I’m making w/ matching koa stands. The lumber is koa from trees I’ve harvested and milled locally myself. This carving is done by hand using various tools, but chiefly with chisels. The book is carved from a solid piece of koa that measured 3”x13”x20”.

Lord’s Prayer in hawaiian and english – caligraphy is hand written with a wood-burning stylus

This stand consists of curly koa milled from the same lot. Since this was from a tree I felled/ milled myself, I could exercise discretion on the lumber sizes – hence the 1”x14” panel you see here.

The finish, is done with an initial sanding to 1500grit – danish oil, followed by several coats of lacquer which is then sanded, polished, waxed and buffed. The effect is that of a glassed finish

Fastening was acomplished w/ brass finish screws which ride in cut slots (to allow for seasonal lateral expansion of the members).

In response to some inevitable end-grain checking, some butterfly pegs were inlayed along the fractures, effectively arresting any further splitting. An interesting side effect to this is a switching contrasting of color depending on which perspective they’re viewed from. Pictured here, the inlays are darker than the field, but they can also be seen as blonde in contrast.

-- Damon, Right Angle Construction





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#1 posted 02-22-2010 04:52 AM

nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 05:54 AM

WOW! ...... Awesome work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 06:05 AM

Unique carving nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 07:12 AM

Nice job Damon!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#5 posted 02-22-2010 07:14 AM

Great project Damon. I’d love to hear more/ see more of the harvesting of the koa tree. Did you have it on your own land or did you remove it for someone else? What kind of mill do you have? Any pictures?

-- Jim

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 08:01 AM

Great job and idea! There’s nothing better than koa….. nothing!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 08:45 AM

Truly fabulous, and a great tribute to the One we owe it all to.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 02-22-2010 09:08 AM

simply great

-- Duane, Ohio

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#9 posted 02-22-2010 05:02 PM

beautiful

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#10 posted 02-23-2010 12:30 AM

pretty sweet work…..very nicely done…

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#11 posted 02-23-2010 03:05 AM

great work
you’re over my head

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#12 posted 02-23-2010 04:11 AM

Beautiful work. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 02-24-2010 06:45 AM

V-e-r-y nice!

-- Pop

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#14 posted 03-03-2010 05:18 AM

Beautiful work Damon. Do you brush or spray the lacquer?

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#15 posted 03-04-2010 12:49 AM

I spray w/ several coats, hitting it with super fine steel wool between coats, then a final polish to 1500g wet sand paper. One thing I’ve learned, if you live in a moist climate: a wood stove/ dehumidifier is almost a necessity to pull it off without it clouding up on you.

-- Damon, Right Angle Construction

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