Koa wood...what to do with it?

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Forum topic by Tom posted 06-10-2016 07:22 PM 804 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2016 07:22 PM

My parents live in Hawaii and came for a visit. They had a Koa wood picture frame (paid $1 for it) and brought me the frame cut up into smaller pieces. I’ve got 6 that are about 14” long and 2 that are 20”. They’re about 1” square with a notch cut out for the glass.

I have no idea what to do with them.

I could sand them down and make a small cutting boards or a small box but can’t think of anything else practical to do with them. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 06-10-2016 07:56 PM

I think you could send them to me…

I think a small box would be nice. I would glue up a couple and resaw to half inch.

That size might be good for pen blanks.

Nice wood but expensive.

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#2 posted 06-13-2016 07:17 PM

Have you ever done any inlays? You could probably use it as a nice inlay stripe on the front and back or sides of a chest. Does it have a stain or finish on it?

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#3 posted 06-13-2016 07:58 PM

It looks like it has a clear finish on one side, the rest appears unfinshed. It was a very basic frame so I should be able to sand the pieces down. As for an inlay…I’ve never done one and don’t want to practice with this wood.

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#4 posted 06-13-2016 09:02 PM

A cutting board from Koa would be a bummer. Make somethin’ pretty and cherished.
I would be pi$$ed if I saw you usin’ a knife on a piece of Koa.
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#5 posted 06-14-2016 09:59 PM

I’ve made some really nice pens using koa wood.

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