Music Boxes

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Project by cowboyup3371 posted 12-13-2017 04:02 AM 425 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, let me thank each of you for the advice given to me on some points of this project. It was very important to me that I could finally make these music boxes for both of my daughters. For my 16 year old daughter, it is her first one while for my 19 year old, something even more important. You see, 9 years ago I made this same box for her as a birthday gift soon after she and her mom moved in with me. Unfortunately, 5 years ago after moving to Dayton, we were robbed and her music box was amongst the stolen items never recovered. For many reasons I had not been able to make a new one for her until this year after she made it very clear she wished she had a new one.

I used Rockler’s plans I saved from those years ago and bought my movements from the music house. I still used the Birdseye Maple for the box sides and Walnut for the rest. There are a few improvements to the first time I did it and still some mistakes but those mistakes I think only add character as a friend of mine puts it. This time I used a water based Ebony stain on the Walnut and a lacquer finish over everything. The sayings I put on the bottom are essentially what I try to tell each girl as they face certain issues.

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#1 posted 12-13-2017 04:15 AM

These are awesome!!

-- Frank, Washington State,

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#2 posted 12-13-2017 12:25 PM

Nice work. I’m sure your girls will cherish them.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#3 posted 12-13-2017 12:32 PM

Those are nice boxes.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#4 posted 12-13-2017 06:24 PM

On my todo list. Have two of the movements, and have to get two more. 3 daughters and a daughter-in-law.

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#5 posted 12-13-2017 07:49 PM

These are beautiful boxes with an elegant design. The woods used are very nice.

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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#6 posted 12-14-2017 05:26 AM

Those are very nice. I also used the Rockkler plans but I wish I had thought to use mirrors on the boys boxes. I had some issues with cutting those small feet.

All-in-all you have done an excellent job and have created heirloom gifts.

-- Wuddoc

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#7 posted 12-14-2017 10:58 AM

I had some issues with cutting those small feet.
- wuddoc

I agree, those feet are very aggravating to cut

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#8 posted 12-14-2017 10:14 PM

These are great. I want to make a box for my daughter and have been looking around for a plan. This is exactly what I was thinking. I am sorry to hear about what happened but making these new boxes symbolizes overcoming adversity and moving forward. Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 12-15-2017 05:02 AM

Outstanding work. Too bad we can’t hear it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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