Music Box - 5 Year Anniversary

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Project by SDAdmiral posted 08-14-2015 12:44 AM 2408 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The traditional gift theme for your 5th anniversary is wood – how perfect for a woodworker!

The bottom of the box, which provides the resonance for the sound, is 1/8” thick cherry with two 1/8” thick cherry runners that create a dado. The dado is supposed to provide better base tones.

The sides are quartersawn maple, which I was able to cut from a piece of 8/4 flatsawn stock. I like the quartersawn look of the maple, the pattern almost resembles a piece of sheet music.

The lid is made from 1/8” hardboard that I veneered with birdseye maple on the top and attached a mirror to the bottom.

The moulding on the base and the lid is sapele, which I think really pairs well with the maple.

Both the hinges and feet are from Brusso. The movement is a 72 note “Canon in D”, which sounds amazing! That was the song that my bride came down the aisle to…lets just say this project was a big hit on the home front!

-- - Andrew -

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#1 posted 08-14-2015 03:47 AM

This is an impressive project. Glad you scored well at home.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 08-14-2015 01:26 PM

Very nice looking music box.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 08-14-2015 01:33 PM

This is a real beauty. I love the overall design and it’s 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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#4 posted 08-14-2015 02:11 PM

This is nice. Where did you get that movement?

I found it.

-- Weth

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#5 posted 08-14-2015 02:22 PM

Very nicely done a perfect anniversary gift.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 08-14-2015 05:36 PM

That is beautiful!
I wish we could hear it.
I’ll bet it sounds amazing.

-- The less an idiot knows, the louder he seems to know it!

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#7 posted 08-14-2015 09:37 PM

Beautiful! Project, would like to hear it.
-Happy Wife, Happy Life!-

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#8 posted 08-14-2015 11:43 PM

That’s a great looking music box! I like the combo of the maple and sapele! Congratulations on 5 years!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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