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Project by Druid posted 09-16-2012 04:37 AM 1271 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mark, a friend of mine who is a musician, asked me to build an “interesting” box to house the electronics for a Theramin that he purchased in kit form. What is a Theramin? It is an electronic instrument that is controlled by the musician moving their hands (without actually touching) near one or two antennas. You’ve heard one as part of the StarTrek theme. Ref. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin
The height of the box is tall enough to accommodate the antenna, and protect it from damage during transport. The length had to be long enough to keep the electronics and battery out of the antenna’s field of influence. Width was determined by the size of the printed circuit board. The bottom of the box is removable for battery replacement.
The small drawer was requested as a place to store Mark’s guitar picks, and since I did not want it to have any sort of knob or pull, my solution was to use a “touch-latch” (push once to release; push again to latch) commonly used on kitchen cupboard doors. This holds the drawer in the closed position when latched, but allows the drawer to slide completely out when released. One part that is not shown in the photos is the drawer compartment which is fitted closely enough to the actual drawer so that the contents can’t “sneak out” into the interior of the box.
The corners of the box (photo 4) are done with twisted dovetails to make it “interesting”, and the top marquetry was done with quilted maple veneer (supplied by Mark) as the background, with mahogany for the inlay. While the maple looks like the top surface is undulating, it is in fact completely flat, and this visual effect is what attracted Mark to this wood. The raw veneer didn’t know the meaning of the word flat, so getting it flat was another story, but the end result was what Mark wanted.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 09-16-2012 08:03 AM

I would love to see this box up and

personal. It looks truly amazing. The

grain is exquisite.

Jamie

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-16-2012 09:43 AM

I am with Jaime! This is just a beautiful piece. Your design is wonderful too. A pleasure to see!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 09-16-2012 01:02 PM

Interesting piece, great details and beautiful grain. Thanks for the education on a Theramin-was not familiar with it. I’m sure your friend Mark is excited and pleased with your work.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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shipwright

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#4 posted 09-16-2012 05:19 PM

Nice one John. Good to see you getting into marquetry.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Druid

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#5 posted 09-16-2012 06:54 PM

Thanks for the comments. I can easily understand why Mark likes the maple veneer, so that is why it had to be the focal point. Within a few minutes of receiving it, he was producing some AMAZING sounds to match the grain.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Dave

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#6 posted 09-17-2012 12:59 AM

John this is to say the only one of these I have ever seen. Nice and interesting project. Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Mike Gager

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#7 posted 10-11-2012 12:51 PM

i was watching some show on tv the other day and a lady was playing one of these. i had never seen one before your posting this and then a few days later i see another one. kind of funny

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HorizontalMike

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#8 posted 12-05-2012 08:46 PM

Very nice!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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