Oak Park Jewelry Box in Cherry & Leopardwood with Mahogany slips & Brass hardware.

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Project by Tom Adamski posted 03-06-2008 05:50 PM 9661 views 16 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is titled Oak Park for Oak Park, Illinois and is the first suburb to the West of Chicago. Best known as home of the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. This jewelry box is a commisioned piece in Cherry with splined mitered corners, floating beveled panel Leopardwood top and removable solid cherry tray with fitted dividers. Fitted with Mahogany slip feathers in the body and lid for additional strength and Brusso brass hardware, including a full mortise lock.

Size: 6” tall x 8” deep x 14” wide.

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

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#1 posted 03-06-2008 06:02 PM

This is your best one yet. Nice joinery. The leopardwood is absolutely stunning.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 03-06-2008 06:21 PM

As with all your boxes, God is in the details, and you got ‘em all right! Your portfolio is stunning.


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#3 posted 03-06-2008 06:32 PM

Another great looking box!

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

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#4 posted 03-06-2008 06:37 PM

Very nice! There is no room for error in a peice like that is there. exelent work.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 03-06-2008 06:44 PM

Tom, you have the right stuff. Great hardware wrangling. I’ve never done a full mortise lock. Blog?

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

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#6 posted 03-06-2008 07:00 PM

Wow, I second what Doug said. Your hardware mortising is perfect!

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

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#7 posted 03-06-2008 07:34 PM

Gorgeous. I’ve used that same lid stop before, they sure are nice and worth the price. The Leopardwood sure is “rich” looking. Beautiful job.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 03-06-2008 07:34 PM

I really like the contrasting woods

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#9 posted 03-06-2008 07:46 PM

You have made a fantastic looking box fit for the purpose. The brass hardware is superb and matching and so is your joinery. Let many more such projects come from u.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 03-06-2008 07:52 PM


This is another beautiful box. The leopardwood adds a nice contrast to the cherry.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 03-06-2008 08:42 PM

Hi Tom,

Each box that you have done is truly a work of functional art! I am not sure I could pick a favorite, is it the Oak Park, the St. Charles, The Eola, or the Rockford?...they all are just beautiful.

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#12 posted 03-06-2008 10:25 PM

Tom, great work once again. You are motivating me to become a focused box maker. Very impressive!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#13 posted 03-06-2008 10:46 PM

Excellent work Tom. Some day my boxes will look as good as yours(i hope)

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Tom Adamski

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#14 posted 03-06-2008 11:49 PM

Thank you all for your kind words… I just enjoy making them when I have time and most are from simple scraps that I have on hand.

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

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#15 posted 03-07-2008 06:22 PM

Clean lines, perfect execution. I like the smoothing on the panel, really makes it flow well.

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