Koa cabinet

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Project by cathyb posted 1019 days ago 2648 views 5 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in August I pumped out a lot of work for a three day Fair and bombed! In my thinking, I needed a piece that would absolutely set me apart from every other vendor in that building. This cabinet has all the elements that I love: it has legs that give it lift, the compartments with the keepsake drawers are reminiscent of an old desk giving it a timeless feel, the doors are book-matched curly koa with handmade pulls -the consummate artist’s touch, and the catch is a rare earth magnet which gives just a soft pull back when opening the doors. It was a joy to make and it was my masterpiece and it did not sell. Honestly, I poured so much energy into the cabinet that I was deflated after the fair.
I went to the Mainland, came back and walked out into my shop and thought: “This is what I do. This is my heart and soul right here. Get to work!”
Two days later, the orders starting pouring in (that’s God you know). I’ve been working like a crazy fool ever since. Today the Gallery where I parked this cabinet called to say that it was sold. REALLY! That’s awesome…......

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#1 posted 1019 days ago

Beautiful Cabinet Cathy!! I like the “Randomness” of the drawers and shelves, the pulls, and (of course) the Koa!!
Congratulations on the Sale, and on your “busy-ness”, but I’m not surprised… Your work is Top-notch!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 1019 days ago

I walk on Koa every day….400 sq ft master bedroom and home office. Beautiful floor.

I like the Koa better on your cabinet. )

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#3 posted 1019 days ago

wonderful work
as usual cathy

great you got orders
and this piece sold

now back to work
keep that light shining

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Blake Thornton

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#4 posted 1019 days ago

I love little compartments, this totally makes the piece for me.

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Benji Reyes

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#5 posted 1019 days ago

Great work Kathy! I can see you put your heart and soul into this piece. That’s probably why it took longer for God to find the right owner for it. Congratulations on your orders.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 1019 days ago

Beautiful Cabinet! Congratulations!!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 1019 days ago

That is a sharp looking cabinet Cathy.
You do such nice work.
High quality top to bottom !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#8 posted 1019 days ago

James Krenov would approve!! This is a lovely piece.

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at

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#9 posted 1019 days ago

Beautiful work.
The compartments, and little drawers are fantastic.

-- Anthony

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#10 posted 1019 days ago

That is outstanding! The cabinet is a work of art. I’m jealous.
BTW, the Lord works in mysterious ways.

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#11 posted 1019 days ago

That’s a beautiful piece of art. It’s cool! you get to do something you love. what’s the size? thanks!

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#12 posted 1019 days ago

I have not worked with Koa yet but love the wood. I can see why the orders are pouring in with work like this on display! Kudis to you amazing work and look fwd to seeing more in the future.

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

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#13 posted 1019 days ago

Nice job! And you just never know when sales will come your way!

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#14 posted 1019 days ago

Just fantastic ! Both the Koa and your craftsmanship on this piece.
Congrats on your sale and the orders coming in…... no surprise to me at all….. your work is beautiful !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#15 posted 1019 days ago

you are so right, this is what you do and you do it so very well, im really happy for you that things started to sell, gods blessings are always there, this piece is just so beautiful, it really belongs here in my home, but one thing is lacking….correct….....the green stuff…..keep it up…i love that wood koa….your very fortunate to have it there to work with…look forward to your next projects…grizz

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

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