|Project by vicrider||posted 07-07-2010 06:24 AM||2377 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
Here are two small Koa boxes I have just finished. They are approximately 8” x 3” x 3”. Due to the increasing rarity and difficulty of obtaining Koa, and my belief that it is one of the most beautiful of all woods, I am experimenting with small boxes done in 1/4” stock. The grain pattern is curly (or fiddleback) on all sides and show’s the typical lustrous waves common to highly figured Koa (here’s a word I discovered while researching Koa – chatoyance – basically the shimmering change of luster as the piece is moved).
The joinery is straight forward, either mitered or a rabbeted butt joint at the corners with the bottom set into a 1/8” dado (not flush). I used small felt pads on the corner bottoms to soften the ‘seat’. This size stock doesn’t lend itself to splines or box joints or fasteners, so I am using 3/32” brass rod for hinges and epoxy to glue the joints. These boxes are admittedly delicate and even with epoxied joints they may not hold up over time. One can hope they do.
Most of the time expended went into the finish. Lots of do-overs. They are hand rubbed high gloss polyurethane for shine and durability. Koa is open grained and must be filled prior to finishing to obtain a mirror like surface. There is also a week wait time while the finish cures prior to rubbing out the surface. No matter how much I clean my shop there are always tiny flecks and dust in the finish. Very visible in gloss. When they’re done though, the grain looks superb and they feel really great in your hand. Soft as a baby’s ….. ;-)
As you can tell I am also experimenting with my new Nikon camera.
Looking forward to comments.