Music Box

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Project by dbilek posted 12-27-2008 10:55 AM 1784 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The box is made from maple, purple heart and ebony and it contains a Reuge 18 note movement. I used a wood burning pen to make the pattern on the lid. The bottoms of the box and tray are lined with black velvet. For a finish, I applied 3 coats of urethane and a coat of wax. This was a gift for my girlfriend…she liked it!

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#1 posted 12-27-2008 10:59 AM

Great gift – no wonder she liked it. The wood burning is very finely done.

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#2 posted 12-27-2008 11:58 AM

Absolutely excellent. Great design and very well done.
Thanks for sharing with us.

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#3 posted 12-27-2008 02:51 PM

Beautiful box, I like the way the purpleheart contrasts with the maple. How did you get the curved shape on the sides? What are the dimensions?


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#4 posted 12-27-2008 03:27 PM

Awesome job!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#5 posted 12-27-2008 04:22 PM

Beautiful box!

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

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#6 posted 12-27-2008 05:33 PM

Very nice. The contrast with the purpleheart and the maple is stunning!

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#7 posted 12-27-2008 05:57 PM

Very elegant music box. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 12-27-2008 06:20 PM

WOW! Your first real wood project! Thats incredible, I can’t wait to see your second project. You did a great job on this one. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 12-27-2008 06:40 PM

Thanks for the nice comments!
Kaytrim – I made the concave curves on the side of the box and the side of the base by running it over the table saw blade at an angle repeatedly. The convex curve on the side of the box was done with a router bit. I don’t remember the exact dimensions, but it’s a about 8 inches wide X 5 deep X 4 or 5 high.

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#10 posted 12-27-2008 08:09 PM

beautifully done! How could your girlfriend help but love it. I really like the choice of woods and contrasts they create.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 12-27-2008 08:18 PM

Very nice.

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#12 posted 12-28-2008 06:54 AM

Absolutely beautiful!

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#13 posted 12-28-2008 04:42 PM

Wow..that is a beautiful box. I really like the material choices and the table saw coved sides are awesome! Nice work


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#14 posted 12-29-2008 02:20 AM

Great job on the box and the woodburning looks like a lot of time was involved. I guess you didn’t start this on the first of Dec.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 12-30-2008 08:35 AM

First project !!?? That is absolutely beautiful !

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