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Four Keepsake Music Boxes for a Friend

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Project by bobdurnell posted 1821 days ago 1601 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend is doing her Christmas shopping early. She wanted keepsake music boxes for the granddaughters.
I made four identical boxes out of bloodwood (keeps the red color better than most red woods). Music works came from Klockit , (all Amazing Grace) but I had to modify them a little. Drilled a hole in the plastic cover for the stop pin and tapped the mounting holes to accept a 6/32 screw rather than the metric provided. Used nice brass surface mount hinges that I reshaped to fit the top. Yes, I checked out the $30.00 a pair hinges for small boxes and decided against them. Used my old standby finish Deft.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.





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jhawkinnc

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#1 posted 1821 days ago

Those are beautiful!

Just curious…what do you charge for something like this?

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woodworm

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#2 posted 1821 days ago

Really very nicely built music boxes. Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 1821 days ago

Great looking boxes. I’m sure your friend is very pleased as well. I would be.

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SnowyRiver

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#4 posted 1821 days ago

Very nice.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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HokieMojo

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#5 posted 1821 days ago

making one small box can bea cahllenge to do well, but making 4 identical ones is even harder. These are very nice and I like the chioce of songs.

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bobdurnell

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#6 posted 1821 days ago

To jhawkinnc—That’s a very interesting question. I’ll run it down for you. There is about $35 worth of materials in each box. I don’t even try to keep track of the hours because there are many. So one has to negotiate a price. My friend and I ageed on $100 a box. I hope that answers your question. bob

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 1821 days ago

Very, very nice!

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

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cwdance1

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#8 posted 1821 days ago

Great looking boxes, nice job

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dustyal

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#9 posted 1820 days ago

Nicely done… beautiful wood. I did my first box and discovered the cost of those $30 hinges and I went with simple hardware store set. Same way with a chain for lid… can’t find a really good one. Idle Curiosity… tough to make four identical… did you do these one at a time or “mass” produce by setting saw stops for uniform pieces in 4 sets?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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bobdurnell

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#10 posted 1820 days ago

To dustyal—Thanks for asking, I cut all the parts from the same settings, cut the rabbet joints with my new Dado King dado set from Forrest (used a router in the past). The bottom is 1/2 inch baltic birch plywood so I could mount the music works and the bottom is set loose in a 3/4 inch rabbet so it could be removed to put in the velvet lining. The only drawback with using the blood wood is the dust. Everything turns red ie. the tools the floor, me, the dog, everything.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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jim1953

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#11 posted 1820 days ago

Great Lookin Boxes

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Don K.

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#12 posted 1820 days ago

Bob…BEAUTIFUL boxes…bet those girls will treasure those forever !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 1820 days ago

Nice work they look fantastic

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jockmike2

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#14 posted 1820 days ago

They do look remarkable. Just gorgeous, if you charged $100.00 dollars a box, you did them a big favor.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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treeman

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#15 posted 1820 days ago

Gorgeous boxes!

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