First Koa bowl

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Project by jeepturner posted 08-10-2011 07:42 PM 1593 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The vacation(more like a staycation) is winding down, and I am running out of things to do. I went to Sumner Woodworkers store to pick up a bandsaw blade, but they didn’t have one. So, I picked through the bowl blanks from the box, and I picked this one. I have never worked with koa before and this one looked like it had some curl in it. I paid
too much for it, IMHO, but I feel I need to do something to keep a local woodworking store open.
This thing is a couple of firsts for me. The koa and the epoxy infill of the voids in the wood. I was try for a jet black, but I got a dark gray instead.
It is finished with tung oil and a friction polish.

-- Mel,

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#1 posted 08-10-2011 07:46 PM

Gorgeous wood and great looking bowl. I would love to get my hands on some Koa. I lived in Hawaii twice when I was a kid ( and before it was a state or had any freeways on Oahu) and remember seeing lots of things made from Koa.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 08-10-2011 08:39 PM

Sweet. I would go for a staycation right now.
I have never tried an epoxy infill. Something else for me to learn.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 08-10-2011 10:43 PM

Sweet bowl! I love the color of that koa. I have some from flooring and it is a yellow brown. I like the dark red much better….........Jim

One tip- koa is full of inclusions ( minerals) like mesquite. If you run it through a jointer or planer with HSS knives, you may be changing them soon.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 08-11-2011 02:02 AM

Nice job Mel, lovely colour in in that wood, dont get that koa down under

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 08-11-2011 02:36 AM

Thanks everyone.
Pete, you may not get koa, but you have your kauri to keep you happy. And you do a wonderful job with it.

Jim, I probably would never be able to afford to make much out of koa, so I have that going for me. I won’t have to worry about my planer knives. I like that there is a huge color shift with koa, from the dark creamy brown to an iridescent yellowish golden brown as you change view points.

Autumn, I like the figure, but I was hoping for something more like curly maple. The koa has nice figure to it, but I didn’t get the 3D effects I get with the maple.

Steve, my staycation is winding down, I only have four more days. I am missing work, looking forward to going back. I do wish that I could stay at home and do my job, but that is never going to happen. I am learning the epoxy thing, and the one thing I did learn is I can use a water soluble stain in the epoxy. I should have used more for the darker black, I guess.

Toolz, you can get koa here it just cost too much. Too much for my pocket book, at least.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 08-11-2011 03:19 AM

Love to see this out in the daylight : )

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

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#7 posted 08-12-2011 04:03 AM

You have done a Great Job on this bowl the color and the use of Epoxy fill is ingenious!

Thanks for Sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 08-16-2011 12:22 AM

Great job, what a gloss!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 08-16-2011 12:39 AM

Thanks everyone!

-- Mel,

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