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Purple Heart and Maple – free, Ebony $20, music movement $18, look on my daughters face when she opened this up on her 13th birth day – Priceless!

Have been thinking of this for a while now but finally started it a couple of weeks ago, kept putting it off thinking I had plenty of time. My daughter plays viola and saw a violin box a while back that she wanted, so I decided to make her a music box one. It plays Ode to Joy which is the first song she learned to play. I worked on it after work and was kind of rushed towards the end and felt myself getting sloppy. Used my laser engraver to cut and inlay the ebony F holes, and to cut the tuning knobs, that thing is awesome and I can’t get enough of it, it is so detailed. Engraved a message on the inside of the lid. Had a hard time choosing a finish, did it in satin which I really liked, but her viola is glossy so I figured it might look a little more snazzy to her in the glossy. Had the whole thing finished and just had to attach the hinges, was pre drilling holes with a 1/16 drill from HF brad point set (damn HF bits) and the drill broke off in the hole deep inside the hole, arrrgh! then I bought some shorter brass screws because I was afraid they would go through the top, and one of the screws broke off in the lid, double arrgh!!!! thats pirate talk for #&%#&* @%&#!! Might try 1/4 in screw extractor from Rockler and put in a plug and redrill, anyone know of a better way of doing this, or where I can get a smaller extractor then 1/4 in.

Turned out pretty well I think, for winging it with out a plan.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#1 posted 1203 days ago

way to go DAD :-)
thankĀ“s for sharing


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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 1203 days ago

WOW !!!!!!!! That is just beautiful and such a wonderful gift. She will treasure that forever and always think of you when she plays it!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 1203 days ago

What a wonderful gift
The design is great I thought it was real fae the thumbnail. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 1203 days ago


nice box
and a great gift
for a musical prodigy

well done
cherished for sure

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 1203 days ago

That is cool. You a clever sole.
Good job.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 1203 days ago

I love it! Great birthday gift.

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

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#7 posted 1203 days ago

That’s simply beautiful!

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#8 posted 1203 days ago

That’s real sharp. Glad to see that you got to play with your new laser. Sorry to hear about the scerws, do you have any machinist friends? You’re going to have a hard time topping this one for her 14th birthday.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 1203 days ago

Super Job, and a Super Birthday Gift!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 1203 days ago

They make left hand drill bits, and I have had screws back out while using them, and not have to use
a screw extractor, and while HF has some good things like their power twist belt, made in the USA, I
would get drill bits from a good industrial supplier that handles Union Butterfield, Triumph, Hanson or
a similar brand. They might cost more, but they will not be ruining your projects. That is a very
lovely gift, and I am sure it will always be treasured, you might want to purchase a replacement
action, because she may wear this first one out. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 1203 days ago

WOW! Great job!

-- christopheralan

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#12 posted 1203 days ago

Just a tip on using brass screws. If you can find a steel screw of the same size, drive it in the pre-drilled hole first then remove it and then install the brass screw. I found out that this technique works when I was building a boat using brass screws.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#13 posted 1203 days ago

Milana says thanks David.

Thanks for the tips will have to try the steel screws before the brass screws, I was taking my time putting them in but they are real fragile, #2 3/8, and small.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#14 posted 1203 days ago

Very nice, I have twisted off a few brass screws and been quite frustrated, my buddy Russ taught me to use a steel screw to preform the threads, problem solved.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#15 posted 1203 days ago

Very nice, I have twisted off a few brass screws and been quite frustrated, my buddy Russ taught me to use a steel screw to preform the threads, problem solved.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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