A recent dovetail saw, koa handle
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At one of the LN Hand Tool Events this spring, the LN staff gave me a small piece of koa to use for saw handles. Because it was so narrow, the only saw handle I could squeeze out of it was one for a nine inch dovetail saw. Even that was a bit of a stretch, so I ended up using a little epoxy and CA glue to fill and stabilize some of the punky sapwood (that's the bit on the top horn in the second to last photo).

This was the first time I had seen or worked with koa, but I suspect not the last. It was an agreeable wood to work with, and the figure and grain is rather fetching.


















Thanks for looking. All comments or critiques are welcome.
Isaac
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  Re: A recent dovetail saw, koa handle by Isaac S (At one of the LN Han...)
I dearly love Koa but aside from being hard to get it is mondo spendy. I treasure the one board that I have.
Thanks,  Curt
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Wow,....just wow!





Me likey some koa!




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Dominic
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More eye candy!
David from Cleveland, Ohio
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Sweet!!!!
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Isaac, you never cease to impress.

Beautiful, per your usual standard.

Thanks for posting the pics.
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Looks like art. But I know it would be a joy to use as well. Beautiful

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The grain is wonderful, and I think the filled voids on the top really add some character.
Steve S.
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You used grain direction the way that the best of the gunstock makers do, to give strength along the lines of use, and generally with the flow of the design. That's beautiful work.
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blockade said:


You used grain direction the way that the best of the gunstock makers do, to give strength along the lines of use, and generally with the flow of the design. That's beautiful work.




Indeed, the grain follows the design perfectly. That's what caught my eye too. Beautifull.
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