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Project by JayG46 posted 09-27-2014 10:53 AM 1875 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my good friends and his wife recently had a baby and my girlfriend and I were thinking about what to get them. In the past, she had bought snow globes or music boxes for friend’s kids, but this time I realized that if I bought the hardware for the music box, I could make one myself.

I’ve also been making some box-style Edison lamps similar to the ones that The Box Whisperer posted recently so I decided to put two and two together. The light from the vintage style bulbs are very soft and since its mounted on a dimmer, it could function almost like a night light.

The woods used are purpleheart (obviously) and carreto. The latter is a beautiful, fine-grained wood that is similar to boxwood in terms of hardness and working properties. There was a knot roughly where I drilled out for the light socket, so the grain sort of bulges out around that.

I got the music box movement from Klockit and it plays Brahm’s lullaby. Since I didn’t want the small brass handle to show next to the brushed nickel dimmer knob, I made a knob out of some extra purpleheart. Concerned that the movement might not be loud enough. I drilled a small sound hole which did the trick.

Thanks for checking it out!

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi





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NormG

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#1 posted 09-27-2014 01:26 PM

Great project and wonderful gift

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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The Box Whisperer

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#2 posted 09-27-2014 01:42 PM

Awesome job Jay! Thanks for the props too! I toyed with the idea of dimmers, and am glad to know they work well. I love your wood choice, router work, the feet, all of it. Very nicely done and thanks for posting.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 09-27-2014 01:46 PM

That’s very creative. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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JayG46

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#4 posted 09-27-2014 02:54 PM

Thanks guys. I haven’t given the gift yet but I’m hoping they will like it.

Whisperer – The dimmers work really well and its nice to have the full range of brightness. It’s tricky to install them, particularly in thicker material since the shaft isn’t very long. You end up having to mortise in for the box from one side and drill with a forstner bit from the other for the knob, leaving something like 3/16” of material in between.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#5 posted 09-27-2014 04:50 PM

What a great gift. Great work.

-- I never finish anyth

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The Box Whisperer

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#6 posted 09-28-2014 11:40 AM

Jay I did something similar with mine. If I make more I may go with dimmers.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#7 posted 09-30-2014 12:30 AM

Great looking Edison lamp/music box! I’m sure the new rugrat will really enjoy it!

-- Dean

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