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Project by cathyb posted 1065 days ago 1511 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in June I attempted one of Andy’s Art boxes. Although that box didn’t come out as planned, I wanted to turn that experience into a useful technique for a different project. It occurred to me that shaping a flat surface really creates an interesting effect. This credenza started as a box on a stand. I built the box, mortised the hinge locations, added two dividers for the walls of my cabinets and then proceeded to attack the whole thing with my grinder. ( As an aside: I purposely made the sides and back 7/8” thick to be sure that I had plenty of material to work with.) I tried for the most part to follow the grain and although the photos don’t really show how deep my grooves are I can tell you they are at least 1/4 of an inch. I did the preliminary shaping of the top before it was attached and then finished the shaping in place. Overall I like this piece for it’s unique organic feel and I do mean “feel”. When you run your fingers along the side, the ripples will make you smile. Instead of a static piece of furniture, it is a tactile piece that you want to touch. To be honest, the wood was expensive and when I took the grinder off the shelf, a little voice inside my head warned, “Please, don’t use the grinder. DON’T DO IT!” There was a pang in my gut when I first started, but I’m glad I chose to ignore it.

I always want to leave you with a woodworking tip: Take a chance, do something different and believe in yourself because it’s only wood.
Enjoy!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com





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degoose

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#1 posted 1065 days ago

Love the tip and the live edge top is fabulous.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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grizzman

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#2 posted 1065 days ago

oh cathy this is a beautiful piece you have done, i love the koa wood and i understand how you must have felt when you got the grinder down…lol…....but your right, its only wood and were here to let our talents and imagination show, and you sure did a great job…wow…your right, i wish i could touch this…thanks for showing this…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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jbschutz

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#3 posted 1065 days ago

Cathy, I could feel your apprehension when approaching the koa with a grinder. I have brought small pieces of koa back from trips to Hawaii….once a suitcase full, and I find that I plan all my koa projects more carefully than any others…..making sure that I don’t waste or spoil the beautiful wood. I have done only small boxes with koa; the most recent a pen box that you can see on my LJ page. (jbschutz)
I love the organic feel of your cradenza and applaud the courage you exhibit in attacking it with a grinder.
John

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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shipwright

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#4 posted 1065 days ago

Such beautiful wood Cathy, and you make it more so.
This one really seems to be some kind of creature to me. I seems alive and in motion.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Bearpie

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#5 posted 1064 days ago

I wish I could run my hands over your piece, it looks wonderfully tactile! I think anyone would have a hard time keeping their hands off and maybe you should rope it off at the show or it will be bare of finish by the end of the show.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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cathyb

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#6 posted 1064 days ago

Ha Ha Ha. That’s funny! Don’t you feel that sometimes you’re so deep in the construction phase that you finish something and actually look at and think, “Hey, not bad kid.”

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 1064 days ago

Excellent piece of work and a real beauty. And to think that so many people think a grinder is for metal working.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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cathyb

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#8 posted 1064 days ago

Hi Jonathan,
I used my Bose angle grinder with a “Saburr tooth carbide wheel” (the donut shape) that I purchased from www.woodcarversupply.com. Then I used 3” hook and loop sanding discs used by bowl turners to clean up my tool marks. You can buy those from woodworker’s supply. Make sure that you purchase the SOFT foam disc holders rather than firm, because they will conform to just about any profile and work wonders. I did the final sanding with my Makita random orbital and worked up to 320 grit.
I hope that helps. Have fun.
Cathy

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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miles125

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#9 posted 1064 days ago

Really bold move on your part and it paid off big time. Your piece has copious amounts of organic mojo and is a reminder of how texture works on scales we don’t often think about and plays a major role in the aesthetics of the natural world.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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S2artDesigns

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#10 posted 1064 days ago

Great lookin piece there. Beautiful all around

-- Visit my Etsy site to see my burl wood jewelry at http://www.etsy.com/shop/S2ArtDesigns?ref=si_shop

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janice

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#11 posted 1040 days ago

Another beautiful piece!

-- Janice

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