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    Koa box

    This small box is from a piece of Koa my wife's brother brought me from Hawaii. The lid is also Koa, segmented from a pen blank. And the finial is also from a Koa pen blank. It's 5" round, 5.5" tall, danish oil and deft lacquer.






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    Oh man, that wood is gorgeous. I have a wenge bowl almost that exact shape with a lot of sap wood on it, very similar look. Your Koa is MUCH prettier.
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    Great stuff Curt You did a great job of showing off that chunk
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    That is just superb, Curt.

    I'll bet the koa looks even better in person. Is it as chatoyant as I suspect it is? I have a koa guitar, and the depth of the grain is great.
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    Great looking box Curt what fantastic grain.
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    Gosh that is beautiful Curt, great wood, beautiful box!



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    Beautiful Curt. Thanks for the info on putting lacquer over danish oil. I have always been afraid to do that knowing what lacquer will do to some finishes.
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    Yep, she's a beauty

    Your finial looks great too
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    Super nice! I'd like to be able to do finials like that.

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    Curt,

    Wonderful box and I love the wood. How easy was the Koa to turn? I bought some Koa back in the '80s for a flat project and it seemed kinda porous. I am fairly new to turning so I haven't gotten the chance to even mess around with any Koa on the lathe. The finish really looks great. I'll have to try that on a project in the future.
    Lee Laird
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