Piano Pen Box

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Project by JTTHECLOCKMAN posted 02-27-2018 04:00 AM 670 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my entry into the 2018 IAP Bash Pen Box Contest. It is a replica of a Grand Piano. It is a combination pen box and music box. The box was constructed using various tools and jigs. The interior is finished in a Cardinal Red flocking. The keys were cut from pieces of white and black acrylic pen blanks.There is a brass plate behind the keys. The top has a clear plexiglass insert in the center to show off both the pen and also the musical movement that plays Elvis’ “Love Me Tender” theme. It plays when the box is open and shuts off when closed as most music boxes do. There are musical themed decals on the top of the glass to enhance it. The box was finished in black lacquer. This was a fun little box for that special pen. Hope you like it.

-- John T.

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#1 posted 02-27-2018 04:34 AM

Wow! Spectacular! Your attention to detail is as fantastic as your craftsmanship. Beautifully done!

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#2 posted 02-27-2018 05:29 AM

So funny and sofisticated project!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-27-2018 10:28 AM

That is unnecessarily astounding. But, a four-pedal piano? What, good sir, lurks in thy head?

-- Mark

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#4 posted 02-27-2018 12:09 PM

That is excellent

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#5 posted 02-27-2018 01:04 PM

That is just ridiculous in its detail, the mirror reflecting the keys, and a music box to boot!
But I must disagree with Mark – is that not a shadow instead of a fourth pedal?

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 02-27-2018 02:50 PM

Excellent job. Best pen box I have seen.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 02-27-2018 02:59 PM

Wow beautiful pen box.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 02-27-2018 03:54 PM

Excellent work!

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#9 posted 02-27-2018 05:22 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. yes it is only 3 pedals. That is a shadow. There of course is so many other features I could have added but tried to keep it somewhat simple and yet resemble a piano. I will get around to making that special pen for this box. I have 2 ideas for it so not sure which way I will go but to be continued.

-- John T.

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#10 posted 02-27-2018 06:04 PM

Wow! You did a beautiful job on this box. It’s an outstanding piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 02-27-2018 06:46 PM

Awesome! well done. Steward and sons of Australia made a 4 pedal grand. After looking, I did see the shadow, thought maybe Avant Guardia but looks great as a box. The key details are amazing.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#12 posted 02-27-2018 07:50 PM

Most appropriate use of a piano hinge I’ve ever seen on here. :D

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#13 posted 02-27-2018 09:41 PM

Good one Charlie.. Made what is equivalent to the front cover on this site. That is exciting too. Thanks everyone for the kind words.

-- John T.

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#14 posted 02-27-2018 11:07 PM

That is unnecessarily astounding.

What a great combination of words! The detail work is jawdropping. So has the contest happened yet? Did you win?

-- ~Walker

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#15 posted 02-27-2018 11:54 PM

The most amazing pen box I’ve ever seen! Just astounding!

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

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