|Project by Boxguy||posted 07-14-2012 08:34 PM||3122 views||8 times favorited||23 comments|
Pictured is an American Walnut music box with corner splines and small rim around the top painting made of movingui. The top painting is done on White Oak and the lift out tray is White Oak with walnut corner splines. It is 16” long, 7” wide, and 4 3/4” tall.
The music works is a Sanyo 50 note movement that plays Pachelbel’s Cannon in D. I couldn’t resist playing it while I took these pictures. If you know this tune you will understand why it goes with butterflies. The melody was part of my daughter’s wedding…and she loves butterflies. This is her Christmas present.
The original art work was done by my friend Nancy. First each butterfly outline was burned-in with a hot, pointed iron pen then she painted the colors within the outlines. The top is inset in the walnut sides, but the thin frame-rim of movingui makes the yellow colors really pop.
Music box construction has some special demands. Everything in the box must be solidly glued. You don’t want to hear a buzz from vibration when the music plays. You need some kind of feet on the box to raise the bottom so the sound can get out. To ensure the movement lasts, it should be sealed off from dust and touching. I used plexiglass in this case. I wanted to be able to push a button on the front to actuate the music movement. (So my grandson can push this button at night just before he goes to sleep.) I fashioned my button from the interworkings of a “click-in, click-out” ink pen. It is better to buy the movement first and then size the box to that.
Thanks: As always, thank you for looking and a special thanks to those in Lumber Land who take the time to make comments or suggestions. I read and consider all you say.
-- Big Al in IN