Joliet Jewelry Box in Maple and Purple Heart

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Project by Tom Adamski posted 02-27-2008 11:28 PM 2695 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry box is titled “Joliet” for Joliet, Illinois and is constructed from Maple and Purple Heart. All 12 edges are banded with hand cut Purple Heart. In addition, the the top is a parquet of 7/8” square Maple pieces that are aligned 90 degrees to each other with 1/8” Purple Heart banding each piece. The alternating pieces create a nice chatoyance.
The inner tray is also Maple, with the top edges trimmed in Purple Heart. All dividers are notched and fitted.

Size: 9” wide x 6 1/4” deep x 4 1/4” tall.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#1 posted 02-27-2008 11:38 PM

Very cool! I really like the way you crossed the grains on the squares.
Gets a great visiual effect from the lighting.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-28-2008 12:44 AM

thats cool
those squares must have taken a long time and a lot of planning
it came out great though
it goes with my dads saying

“fine carpentry takes time and if you rush it your going to mess it up”

i guess that this is a good example of this

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#3 posted 02-28-2008 01:08 AM

Another beauty, Tom! Really tight construction.

Let me know when you make “Cairo” (my dad’s hometown). :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 02-28-2008 01:15 AM

Very very nice, Tom.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 02-28-2008 01:49 AM

Very nice! Two of my favorite woods. I agree with Gary…great effect alternating the grain. Awesome box!


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#6 posted 02-28-2008 01:50 AM

Awesome job, thanks for sharing it.

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Tom Adamski

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#7 posted 02-28-2008 02:19 AM

Thanks guys… I appreciate the good words.

Charlie… I’ll have to keep that in mind…

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#8 posted 02-28-2008 05:44 AM

very nice, tom. how long did it take to do all that?

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#9 posted 02-28-2008 06:11 AM

Excellent in every way.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#10 posted 02-28-2008 06:54 AM

You made some beautifully precise, accurate joinery. I really like this box, it is a beautiful keepsake.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#11 posted 02-28-2008 08:42 AM

That one is a keeper. Your craftsmanship is excellent. I like the combination of the Maple and Purpleheart. Joinery is dead on. Really nice box.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 02-28-2008 09:06 AM

Really interesting, I thought it was a light box at first! Good choice of wood and use of them. I agree with bill about the joinery. This box says “I’m special”.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#13 posted 02-28-2008 02:49 PM

Nice project and execution. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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#14 posted 02-28-2008 03:07 PM

a beautiful effect just by turning the squares.

Lots of thought and work behind this box, I’m sure. Gorgeous results

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Tom Adamski

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#15 posted 02-28-2008 05:07 PM

Thank you all for your kind words… This box was an inspiration after seeing a video with David Marks. I believe it was about a room divider screen where he alternated the pieces of wood to create a “chatoyance”. In other words, “a changable luster”. As for the jointery, the OCD helps, but the actual cutting was by Freud and Lie-Nielsen.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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