Mark Lackley builds custom cabinets to house the "Karen and Roderick Oakley '55 Classical Music CD Reference Library "
KENT - Mark Lackley, Furniture Maker, of Quechee, Vermont, was honored to be commissioned to build the "Oakley Cabinets" for Kent School, in Kent, Connecticut. The cabinets showcase the CD collection of over 4,000 classical CD's that was donated to Kent School by the late Roderick Oakley '55 and his wife Karen. A formal dedication of these five cabinets will take place in June 2005, when the class of 1955 celebrates its 50th Reunion.
The cabinets are made of quartersawn oak, using traditional joinery methods including mortise and tenon joints, and dovetailed drawers. The cabinets have an anti-tip safety feature and a one-key lock system, which locks all of the drawers at once with the turn of one key. Solid brass hardware adorns each drawer front.
Marel Rogers, the Director of the Library, welcomed the new addition to the library: "The Oakley Music collection of classical music on CD's was donated to Kent School. The only difficulty: how to house it safely and beautifully. The cabinets designed and built by Mark Lackley are the perfect solution!"
John Kerr, Director of Development and Planned Giving, gave the cabinets high marks as well: "We are all very pleased with these cabinets...how well they fit into our Library decor; how well each functions; and the overall high quality of craftsmanship displayed in both fabrication and design."
(Top Left): Mark visiting the Kent School Library, Kent, Connecticut, to take measurements.
(Top Right): The Oakley Cabinets, handcrafted by Mark Lackley, Furniture Maker, in the Kent School Library.
(Bottom Left): A view of the Kent School Library.
(Bottom Right): A closeup of the Oakley Cabinets.