dad's koa

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Project by bilsborough posted 04-26-2008 06:02 AM 1392 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dad gave me some koa he had sitting around for forty years and its been sitting on my shelf for four. I started a walnut box and decided to go a head and use some of the koa for the top and bottom. I love the way koa and walnut look together. Gave the box to dad.

-- What do you learn from being right?

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#1 posted 04-26-2008 06:04 AM

Great box design! I love koa. It’s a fantastic wood.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-26-2008 07:05 AM

Wonderful piece. I love the way you handled the hinges in the back.

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#3 posted 04-26-2008 01:18 PM

beautiful. I love the inlay, and the choice of woods together. Very well done.

-- JJohn

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#4 posted 04-26-2008 01:29 PM

This is a gorgeous box and I like the design of it as well.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-26-2008 02:07 PM

Very nice box and details.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 04-26-2008 03:39 PM

Wonderful box. Love the hinge setup!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 04-26-2008 05:35 PM

A very beautiful box with a great look. I was lucky to get some KOA baseboards off a friend in Hawaii but there is no supply in this part of the World…you are VERY lucky as it is a protected species in Hawaii….cheers and thanks for the inspiration!

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#8 posted 04-26-2008 09:20 PM

Nice box … and I like the barrel hinges too.

-- ??? My mistakes heat the house. It's very warm in here. ???

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#9 posted 04-26-2008 10:03 PM

You can get Koa from luthier suppliers, but it is crazy expensive! I didn’t realize it was a protected species

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#10 posted 04-26-2008 10:23 PM

That is a beautiful box. I have a Koa ukulele. It is wonderful wood.

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#11 posted 04-28-2008 06:02 PM

Very nice mix. Did you make the inlay yourself? (or is that thin sheets that go across the box?

Maybe an interior shot next time? I’d like to see more!

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#12 posted 03-21-2010 03:25 AM

what kind of hinges are those? are they on the inside?

beautiful box!

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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