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Project by grosa posted 12-05-2010 06:22 PM 2644 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This log was given to me 10 years ago. The giver told me he had it in his garage for 30 years. He brought it back from Hawaii back when they were clearing land for development. After seeing all the scroll saw projects It gave me the inspiration to turn this into a scroll saw project. I took the log and re sawed it into 3/8” boards. After gluing and sanding this is what was left of usable material. I will post pictures of the finished project when completed. OK, Here it is it’s a trinket box. I haven’t put on the finish because I am undecided on what finish to use.

-- Have a great day.





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dakremer

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#1 posted 12-05-2010 06:29 PM

that is some pretty wicked grain! what kind of wood is it, do you know? Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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grosa

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#2 posted 12-05-2010 06:33 PM

It is 90 year old Koa from Hawaii.

-- Have a great day.

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twokidsnosleep

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#3 posted 12-05-2010 07:00 PM

Cool! Did you take a pic of the log pre-op?? I was in Hawaii last month looking for a small bit to take home as a holiday memento.
I just got 3 pieces in the mail yesterday, not sure if they will have that beautiful curly grain pattern yet.
How did it handle resawing? Any issues with allergy from it?

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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grosa

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#4 posted 12-05-2010 07:28 PM

twokids. When I re saw small logs I put the flattest side down and with my fence set at 1” from the blade I cut one side. With the one side cut I turn the log so that side is on the table and the other side that was the flattest is on the fence and make my second cut. Then I set the fence at the thickness I want and cut the log into boards. I use a carbide impregnated 1 1/4” blade powered by a 2 hp motor. This Koa was well dried It cut smooth, not to much of an oder. With a wild grain I do suggest when you plane it leave 1/8” extra so you can sand it to thickness. It has a tendency to get small blow outs when you plane it. I only have pic’s from glue ups on.

-- Have a great day.

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grosa

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#5 posted 12-05-2010 07:33 PM

I will have some small scraps left over if any one wants them let me know and I will send you pic’s of what is left over and if you want them I will send them for free.

-- Have a great day.

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#6 posted 12-05-2010 07:49 PM

Beautiful color and grain. : )
I’ll take you up on your offer for the leftovers : )
Thank you for sharing .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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grosa

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#7 posted 12-05-2010 07:52 PM

Ok Dusty, Ill send you pics when I finish the project. I grew up in Warwick RI. Not far from Mass.

-- Have a great day.

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#8 posted 12-05-2010 08:09 PM

Thank you very much : )
Did you refer to us as Massholes when you lived in Warwick ? LOL
Have a great day !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 12-05-2010 08:24 PM

Funny Dust :)

-- Have a great day.

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twokidsnosleep

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#10 posted 12-06-2010 08:20 AM

Thanks for the re-saw heads up….you never know how a wood will handle when you haven’t cut or planed it before
Cheers, Scott

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#11 posted 12-06-2010 08:28 AM

Very nice wood. Can’t wit to see the project it is used for

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 12-07-2010 04:07 PM

Grosa, Send me your scraps! LOL! Great find!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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grosa

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#13 posted 12-08-2010 01:15 AM

OK guy’s I put up some pictures of the trinket box I decided to make with this Koa. I am unsure on what finish to use. When I finish it I will post PIC’S.

-- Have a great day.

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#14 posted 12-08-2010 03:43 AM

WOW , that box came out great and so quickly !! You are very talented : )
Do you have any Waterlox in your shop to try on your scrap ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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grosa

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#15 posted 12-08-2010 02:11 PM

Dusty, I don’t have any Water lox. I will take pictures of the leftover wood today. Let me know if you want it. If so, I will put them in the mail tomorrow.

-- Have a great day.

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