Cutting KOA Wood

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Forum topic by Supafat posted 12-28-2010 11:11 PM 2339 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2010 11:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: koa lathe turning arts and crafts

Back in October my parents went to HI for my cousin’s wedding. Well they brought me back some Koa wood, which is native to HI, well they got me a nice big plank of it it is about 8 inches wide and about 69 inches long, about an 1-2 inch thick.

It is a very nice piece of wood, now i have the job of cutting it down to make pens.

I am not sure what i should cut the size to. Do you have any idea on what size i should cut pen blanks to?

also do you think i could a small plater or plate out of this piece of wood?


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#1 posted 12-29-2010 05:40 AM

Aloha Sam,
I can’t address the pen blank question but I can give you a suggestion on the koa. Some people feel that koa has too many tannins in it to be used for a food surface. I suggest a jewelry box cover. A plate could be nice too but be sure to seal the wood well.

-- Jim,

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#2 posted 01-10-2011 10:43 PM

Depending on what style pens you are going to be making, most are cut either 5/8” x 5/8” or 3/4”x3/4” and 5” or 6” in length.

-- Stamper

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