|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 09-13-2015 11:27 PM||1820 views||3 times favorited||43 comments|
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: https://youtu.be/wNGYJSw03HA
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!