Band saw music box

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Project by Tim_H posted 08-27-2014 06:17 AM 6721 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed this music box as a gift for my wife for our 5 year wedding anniversary. As this is my first “band saw box” I purchased plans from Woodcraft (find them here) I would suggest purchasing the paper plan as they have the full size patterns included (I hear the downloadable plans have to be tweaked).
I used a “bowl blank” 8×8x2” piece of Padduk for the body and some air dried walnut for the top and bottom (I like how the air dried Walnut has both the heart and sap wood colors).
I found a high quality movement here
There where several new techniques that i learned from this project including:
1) Building a basic band saw box
2) Using hidden hinges
3) Applying flocking
4) Getting a music box movement to turn on and off when the box is opened
5) Knowing when to walk away from a project for a few hours so it does not turn into expensive kindling

The total cost was about $150 including the plans/movement/ and hardware. It was a fun project and I learned a lot. Made the Mrs. happy too. Now I can’t wait to try a more elaborate band saw box. Thanks for looking.

-- "If at first you don't succeed....get a bigger hammer"

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 08:50 AM

What a great idea. I have made many BS boxes but adding music is very smart!! Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 01:35 PM

Beautiful box. What a nice idea :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#3 posted 08-27-2014 03:47 PM

This is a classic looking box. Love the hinges and thanks for the links to the plans and music….................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 11:15 PM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 08-28-2014 12:42 AM

Beautiful workmanship. Wonderful idea. I really like music boxes. Nice hide on the movement.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#6 posted 08-28-2014 02:51 AM

Very Nice!

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#7 posted 08-29-2014 09:48 AM

Outstanding heart shaped box. Wood colours are great!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 04-23-2017 05:30 PM

This is an outstanding heart box and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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