Koa Basket Weave Table

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Project by lumberdustjohn posted 743 days ago 8048 views 8 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friends of the family came back from Hawaii with a piece of Koa fire wood.
I sliced it up and let it air dry. It ended up making (7) 3/4 inch X 2 inch x 10 inch pieces. A year went by quickly because I didn’t know what to do with it. They wanted something to be made from it but also wasn’t sure what. Here it is after all of that waiting. Approx. 25” x 20” inches square and 19” tall. Only have a handful of 1×1 inch x 1/4 inch pieces left.

Koa, Purple Heart, Hard Maple. Legs and frame are Brazilian Cherry.

Tried to match the apron with the weave pattern. It’s close.

Sanding sealer and clearcoat finish.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#1 posted 743 days ago

now you’re talking john

this is just superb
real world class

everything about it
is perfect !

-- 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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#2 posted 743 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. How many hours to build?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 743 days ago

935 views and only two comments, I believe you have left them all dumbstruck, mouth open, drool landing on their keyboards!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 743 days ago


-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#5 posted 743 days ago

Excellent design and workmanship. You should be very proud.

You probably know this but, just in case you do not, the Purple Heart is almost certain to fade and become more brown than purple. You can slow that down with a good preservative and keeping it out of the sun.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 743 days ago

Nice table!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#7 posted 743 days ago

Wow Koa Firewood, That’s bad, almost as bad as MsDebbie painting some Walnut.

Great job on the table.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 743 days ago

Great work

-- Hope Never fails

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Canadian Woodworks

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#9 posted 743 days ago

mmmmmmmm Koa!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#10 posted 743 days ago

Nice work and some very creative thinking.
Great table and great story.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#11 posted 743 days ago

Nice way to incorporate the weave pattern into furniture very whimsical. Great work thanks for showing…BC

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#12 posted 743 days ago

Very nice table, love the pattern. Great job

-- Ben from IL

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#13 posted 743 days ago

Stunning! I love the design, and the colors! Very pretty!

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#14 posted 743 days ago


-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 743 days ago

Don’t know how many hours I spent on milling the wood. Let it set. Stare at it some more.
Move it out of the way. Build something else, go hunting, stare some more.
Deciding what to do with it was a time killer. The actual process of the build was less.

It’s not a perfect build. Still have the same old glue-up issues.

Does the purple heart fade out?

Thanks for the kind words.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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