Antique Record Player Music box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-13-2015 11:27 PM 1907 views 3 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While walking the beach at lake Michigan three years ago I found some flowers washed up on the shore with their green stems and large tops filled with holes with seeds in them. Many were destroyed by the trip from where ever they came from but a few were intact so I brought one back for a future project. Right way I thought it looked like one of these big speakers on an antique record player and decided it will be one some day.

Today was the day it got finished. I copied an image on Google the best I could keeping the scale and other features like the movable arm as close as possible to the image. I added a music box movement that plays an 18 note tune of the Phantom of the Opera. It had to be mounted vertically on an aluminum angle so the winder would be in the right place.

The original winder key was too short and did not look like the crank on a record player so I made a brass one. This movement did not have a switch to stop it so I made one that screws down from the top and added a brass lever to it right along side the record ( which is made from black corian).

The box and top are made from Walnut. The base and the splines are red box elder. The speaker tube and player handle and back support are made from Brazilian rosewood. The speaker is a lotus pod top.

It is all finished with clear lacquer.
Here is the You Tube video of it running:

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 09-13-2015 11:34 PM

My goodness that really looks fantastic. You did a wonderful job on it too.

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#2 posted 09-14-2015 12:14 AM

Great job Jim

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#3 posted 09-14-2015 12:15 AM

WOW! What a cool project. That is a Lotus Pod that you used for the speaker.

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#4 posted 09-14-2015 12:28 AM

That is an amazing project. Lot of detailed work and preserving the flower too. I was going to ask what kind of flower it was but gfadvm answered it. Now if you can get it to play cd’s , you would be Edison. Well done Jim.

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#5 posted 09-14-2015 12:31 AM

That is really Super COOL, Jim!

I like the way you fake-out the 45 rpm platter! :)

How did you make the arm move, without human intervention?

Is that the original Flower left-overs? Did you spray it with a few coats of lacquer to really strengthen it?

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#6 posted 09-14-2015 12:55 AM

Well done, Jim! Very creative to use the lotus pod for the speaker. Very cool that it actually works!

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#7 posted 09-14-2015 01:00 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. glad you like it.

Hi Andy, thanks for identifying the lotus pod!!

Hi Joe, the arm pivots in that brass ring that is screwed to the back support- just like an original player did. I soldered a lug on the ring and put it in a slot in the support with a screw through the side. This was fun getting it all together. Lots of sketches of all the pieces. I was going to buy a 30 note music box but is was $125. A 50 note one is $400.
The lotus pod was sprayed with clear lacquer as soon as I bought it home 3 years ago.
cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 09-14-2015 01:11 AM

I guess I could have bought lotus pods:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 09-14-2015 03:27 AM

That’s really cool.

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#10 posted 09-14-2015 03:32 AM

A real nice project Jim and great use of the pod. You must have a hell of a storage shed.

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#11 posted 09-14-2015 03:38 AM

That is really great Jim, I love it.
It’s always special when you pick something up and turn it into something like this.
Thanks for sharing.


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#12 posted 09-14-2015 03:53 AM

Jim, you come up with the most unique ideas for projects. That turned out beautifully.

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#13 posted 09-14-2015 04:01 AM

Buying them doesn’t have the same memory/nostalgia value, Jim. :-) Delightful transformation. Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 09-14-2015 04:19 AM

Great imagination brother!

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#15 posted 09-14-2015 05:12 AM

What a beautiful and creative piece! Extremely well thought out and executed.

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