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Project by vonhagen posted 07-21-2012 12:50 AM 1599 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i took an old seth thomas art deco clock from the 40s and re did the whole thing in ultra premium koa. i used a curling iron and a regular flat iron and yellow glue to a poplar frame. it is finished with semi gloss laquer to a full fill finish. it took about 20 hours.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.





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#1 posted 07-21-2012 01:18 AM

Awesome koa !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#2 posted 07-21-2012 01:26 AM

This turned out really nice. How could you go wrong with a beautiful piece of wood and a vintage Seth Thomas?

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 07-21-2012 02:23 AM

Koa = Hawaiian for eye candy : )

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

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#4 posted 07-21-2012 02:47 AM

That is spectacular. Looks like it was cut from a single block, not veneered.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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vonhagen

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#5 posted 07-21-2012 03:05 AM

thank u andy, it was kinda tricky as the veneer is like working with potato chips so i soaked it in glycerin and water. the reason i didnt use contact cement is the laquer will delaminate the veneer. koa is my favorite wood i wish i had a forrest of it

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#6 posted 07-21-2012 03:07 AM

Fantastic wood used on this clock.

Great job.

Lee

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#7 posted 07-21-2012 03:11 AM

thank u all

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#8 posted 07-21-2012 03:14 AM

I am with you on wanting a forest of that wood! that is beautiful. Great job.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#9 posted 07-21-2012 04:31 AM

Wow, what stunning work. I take it that you applied a coat of glue on the veneer, let it dry, and then heated it up so it would stick. The clock really looks beautiful. What lovely Koa veneer. I have two questions.

I used the glue and iron technique on this box to attach the walnut veneer over the movingui wood, but had trouble not overheating the glue. It turned black in spots and did not stick well.

What iron/curling iron temp. setting do you recommend so I can improve my work?

I applied a finish to the movingui before I applied the walnut…was that a mistake?

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 07-21-2012 05:31 AM

Very cool clock and super wood too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 07-21-2012 07:32 AM

thanks jim and box guy. @ boxguy, i put the glue on each poplar section to be veneered on the poplar not the koa and the koa is wet with glycerin and water, 5 fleet supositories to 12 onces water microwave 2 minutes and stir, apply with brush. then when i stick it it steams and the glue really bonds fast. i turn up the heat as high as possible without burning the wood. and it was a mistake to apply the walnut over a finish. great looking box i think you did a fantastic job on it.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#12 posted 07-21-2012 02:26 PM

What an amazing piece of wood to work with! You certainly have done a great job of showing it off.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 07-21-2012 03:00 PM

It’s beautiful!
The grain pattern reminds me of flames

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

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vonhagen

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#14 posted 07-21-2012 03:21 PM

i first called it koa on fire and it really looks like fire i think

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#15 posted 07-21-2012 05:02 PM

You made that Koa look like liquid gold. Beautiful work! I saw the base on your Flickr page and wondered what the future held for it. I have never worked koa but won a bid on Ebay yesterday for a short 6” piece. It doesn’t have near the figuring as yours but fit within my tight budget. You’ve created a heirloom clock !!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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