|Project by zlatanv||posted 05-07-2011 07:29 AM||1906 views||3 times favorited||19 comments|
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