Merissa's Music Box

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Project by dpwalker posted 1204 days ago 1379 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made for my son’s girlfriend for Christmas. Woods are Curley Maple & Padauk. The movement plays Music Box Dancer.This is my first attempt at something of this magnatude (for me) since I’ve only been woodworking for a few months. Sort of a “by the seat of my pants” project. No plans. I found a few boxes I like online & went from there. Needless to say LOTS of mistakes but overall it came out well. This was also my first attempt at mortising for hinges. I also tried some inlays that didn’t turn out so well so I scrapped them. All in all I learned alot from the project & the info posted on this site. Thank you all. Constructive critisim is welcomed…Please!

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#1 posted 1203 days ago

It looks great, awesome looking looking music box I’m sure she was quite pleased with it. Were do you get the movements for music boxes from ?

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#2 posted 1203 days ago

Great box. Like the contrasting woods. Great figure in the maple. Winner in my book.

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 1203 days ago

That wood is so stunning that you could have made a lot of mistakes and we would never notice. AND it plays music!!!
Very nice job. Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#4 posted 1203 days ago

Nice combo of woods. I’ll be she likes it.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 1203 days ago

That’s a beautiful box and you did a wonderful job. I can only imagine how thrilled she was to receive it.

-- 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 1203 days ago

DP, very nice work, I am sure she will treasure that box for a long long time

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#7 posted 1203 days ago

Good job for your first magnatude of a project.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 1203 days ago

I absolutely love the color combination on this one! Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 1203 days ago

I love the style of this. The wood choices work extremely well together, and I think you showcased them beautifully with the style of construction you chose.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#10 posted 1203 days ago

Very impressive for your first box of this type. I can’t wait to see what you’re making a year from now.

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

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#11 posted 1203 days ago

Looks Perfect, great colors

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 1203 days ago

Beautiful box; I’m in agreement with all of the comments! You must have a very good source for the maple, as that almost looks instrument grade. If you did this after 3 months of woodworking, I’m looking forward to your accomplishments after a year of so. Keep cutting, it becomes a passion!!

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#13 posted 1203 days ago

No need for criticism there. Very nice box, and let me tell you, those darn hinges aren’t easy for anyone!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 1203 days ago

Awesome job on your jewelry box, i also like the color combiantion.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#15 posted 1202 days ago

wow i love that very pretty!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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