Hawaii Moon

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*Hawaii Moon....I brought back a suitcase full of Koa from a visit to Kauai. This was the first box I made with the Koa. I think the Birds Eye Maple inlaid “moon” makes a nice focal point and contrasts with the beautiful glow of the Koa. This box is one of my favorites. It is approx. 5.5×8.5 inches, has curved sides and a domed lid hinged with hidden pins. I splined the corners with Koa, so they almost disappear. The interior is open and the bottom is dadoed in and lined with black velvet. The finish is hand rubbed polly.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 06:00 AM

Its perfect! Wow sure does shine.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 06:04 AM

Very nice style and shape, well done.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 06:04 AM

Very fine! What beautiful wood. I’d have left my wardrobe behind, too!


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#4 posted 01-31-2011 06:12 AM

That wood looks rich. Simple, functional, and beautiful.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 06:25 AM

Really beautiful wood
Great project!

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

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 12:37 PM

Gorgeous box! I’d love a suitcase full of koa.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 02:02 PM

Wonderful box. Perfect use of a contrasting wood and the lift design is really nice, as the moon symbolism. A tasteful, well executed box.

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

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#8 posted 01-31-2011 04:05 PM

Nice looking box, beautiful wood, your inlay really does stand out nicely, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 02-01-2011 03:59 AM

Wow what a gem, just a wonderful piece thanks for sharing BC

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#10 posted 02-01-2011 04:58 PM

Hi Mr. Shutz,
After seeing this box, I checked out the rest of your projects. I really like your focus on the handles.

So many projects are diminished by thinking it doesn’t matter and using “Home Depot” hardware.

At first, I thought darker splines would have been nice but then it occurred to me it would take away from the 2 focal points, the moon inlay for color, and the hand carved handle for texture.

Very nice.

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#11 posted 02-01-2011 09:01 PM

You made me laugh. I thought I was the only one who drives the TSA employees crazy with what I carry home in my suitcase. Came back from Canada with a box of rocks one time. Sure looks it was worth the loss of your tighty whiteys from the looks of that beautiful box. Nice job.

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#12 posted 02-18-2011 04:52 AM

I see you like making boxes, and some fine looking boxes they are!

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#13 posted 08-05-2016 04:48 PM

Nice treatment of the lid’s tab. The bird’s eye is a great choice for accent with the straight-grained koa.

-- Dale

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