Riverside Box in Honduran Rosewood & European Beech

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Project by Tom Adamski posted 07-23-2008 04:40 PM 3609 views 10 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is titled “Riverside” for Riverside, Illinois. It is constructed of book matched 3/8” Honduran Rosewood (note, hardwood and sapwood), with slipfeathers of contrasting rosewood made from the scraps & Ebony escution inlay for lock keyhole. Both top and bottom are European Beech veneer on 1/4” Baltic Birch ply and inset into top with Ebony & Holly banding. Hinges are Brusso and full mortise lock is by Viola. The box is finished in 7 coats of laquer then hand sanded through 2000 grit, polished with automotive compound and buffed to gloss with Meguires “Scratch X” buffing cream.

This box is for my annual entry into the DuPage County Fair’s woodworkers competition. I was fortunate to win last year and hope to do the same again. I’ll post results later today after judging.

Thanks for looking…


Size: 9” wide X 6” deep X 4 5/8” tall

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

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#1 posted 07-23-2008 04:43 PM

Stunning detail, Tom! Good luck in the contest.

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

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#2 posted 07-23-2008 04:48 PM

Very nice box, good luck in the contest.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 07-23-2008 04:52 PM

Love the inlay. Well done.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 07-23-2008 05:05 PM

nice work.Very nice box,

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#5 posted 07-23-2008 05:15 PM

Gorgeous box….love the inlays and the Ebony lock surround : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 07-23-2008 05:34 PM

beautiful box.. I like the hardware you chose

-- making sawdust....

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#7 posted 07-23-2008 05:48 PM

Nice work and pic the detail is stunning…good luck not that it’s needed…Blkcherry

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#8 posted 07-23-2008 07:38 PM

Wow! That is one nice looking box! I like everything about it!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 07-23-2008 07:52 PM

100% gorgeous. Good luck with the competition.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 07-23-2008 08:56 PM

Nice looking box. Excellent work on the dovetails and inlay. Good luck!!

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#11 posted 07-23-2008 09:02 PM

What is the quality like on the Viola hardware? I’ve been looking for a Brusso class locking mechanism but haven’t found anything that good yet.

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#12 posted 07-23-2008 09:50 PM

Hello all,
Thanks for the good words. I don’t get much time these days to make boxes as work is very demanding, but when I do get some time I do like to make something unique… Jon, I get these Viola mortise locks from Horton. Check them out at
It is official! I took first and second places at the DuPage County Fair. It seems I even won a Judges choice award for this box, in addition to the first place.
2008 Dupage County Fair 1st Place
2008 DuPage County Fair 2nd Place

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

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#13 posted 07-23-2008 10:12 PM

Congrats…I told you didn’t need any luck….great work always take care of itself….Blkcherry

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#14 posted 07-23-2008 10:51 PM

Tom – you deserve a prize for that box – well done.

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#15 posted 07-23-2008 10:57 PM

Congrats. They are both beautiful artwork pieces.

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

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