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Project by cathyb posted 422 days ago 1245 views 5 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So while I was out there trying to use up my off cuts, I ran across this little koa board. I was so gnarly, which is my favorite wood to play with. The older I get the more I feel any affinity for wood that has a little more wear and tear.
I cut into 3/8 inch thick pieces and the box size was totally determined by how much wood was there about 6” square and 3 1/2” tall. The wood, including the top, were laminated to another piece of koa to give me the final thickness that I needed.
It is a lift off lid with a pheasant wood knob (yellow shower tree).
Although I made this box for a fair, I think this little guy needs to stay here. I want to hold onto him for awhile.
Thanks for looking….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com





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Dave777

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#1 posted 422 days ago

Send it my way, I love it and would love to have the ability to create one like it

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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mmh

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#2 posted 422 days ago

Gnarly is good! Quite a knotty piece!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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vonhagen

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#3 posted 422 days ago

the knot hole adds character and on some woods that are dark and highly figured with checks and knots i like to fill them with molten silver or brass, copper. your boxes are very cool and great use of fall offs. outstanding work and design as usual.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 422 days ago

Beautiful wood. Excellent work. I wish I had Koa just laying around the shop. :-)

-- 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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Gary

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#5 posted 422 days ago

Just move to where she lives, Monte and your wish will come true
Hey, Cathy I thought you told me about a year ago you were going to start using hinges on your boxes.
These are beautiful boxes.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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cathyb

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#6 posted 422 days ago

Knotty or maybe naughty? Hmm, maybe I should give him that naughty name. Just a thought…..

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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shipwright

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#7 posted 422 days ago

All interesting pieces Cathy and if they help clean the shop up even better.
One man’s scrap may well be another woman’s art piece.
You’ve made some odd bits look very good. Congrats!

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

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Hawaiilad

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#8 posted 422 days ago

Fun working with Koa isn’t it Cathy. I have one shop I sell items to that only displays items made from Koa in her store. I like working with it as well….of course Mango and Monkey Pod are fun. Great looking box.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Boxguy

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#9 posted 422 days ago

Kathy, waste knot want knot. I just finished a series of boxes where the size of the board determined the size of the box. It was fun and useful. I sure enjoy seeing your work and love the variety and creativity you put into your projects. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Tom Godfrey

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#10 posted 422 days ago

Kathy, I don’t blame you for wanting to keep this box. Its awesome and I too like some of the others have said I wish I had access to Koa, but I love living in South and North Carolina to even think of moving. All I have to do is find me some nice Koa somewhere.
Love all your work, keep posting.
Tom

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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aussiedave

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#11 posted 422 days ago

Well out of the three post you have netered, this one is my favorite and gets my vote. I don’t know what it is, maybe the colouring in the wood the character of the wood or just the shape of the box it’s self, I just love it… well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Roger

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#12 posted 422 days ago

knarly is knice!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Chad256

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#13 posted 422 days ago

That is one beautiful box!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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SnowyRiver

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#14 posted 422 days ago

Beautiful box. I love the color. Nice job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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doubleDD

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#15 posted 422 days ago

This turned out great. The knot adds a lot of character. Perfect way to use up material.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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