Music Box replica circa 1845

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Project by tim0001 posted 04-23-2013 11:56 PM 1866 views 9 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this music box for a friend that is a collector of 18th century music boxes. He had a similar box I used for the detail and joinery. The box had challenging “double blind” dove tails that had to be hand cut. I made a prototype to get the joinery right. The box is made from french walnut that was about 150 years old salvaged from other antique furniture. It is veneered with rosewood and holly stringing. All the hardware (hinges and lock) are ventage from boxes of that time period. The finish is french polish. Lots of time in this one!! My friend also had the music mechanism restored and fit into the box.

-- TimV

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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 04-24-2013 12:07 AM

That is a gorgeous piece of work.

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#2 posted 04-24-2013 12:08 AM

i love the high gloss finish. Nice job on that


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Jim Sellers

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#3 posted 04-24-2013 12:23 AM

Beautiful piece!! And double blind dovetails. A lot of work for something no one will notice but I’m sure makes a very strong joint. That’s true dedication and loyalty to the craft. I respect that.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#4 posted 04-24-2013 12:37 AM

This is outstanding! The blind dovetail is a classic construction that should be reused not only for the strength but for the woodworker to prove that he is really exemplary. Very beautiful finish and construction. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 04-24-2013 12:41 AM

Really nice.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#6 posted 04-24-2013 12:50 AM


-- Billy Long Island, NY

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#7 posted 04-24-2013 01:09 AM

That is 100% pure class! You are a master!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-24-2013 01:10 AM

Absolutely OUTSTANDING work and the finish is beautiful. What more can I say.
Thanks for showing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 04-24-2013 01:12 AM

Outstanding, you are, as said earlier a Master Craftsman.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 04-24-2013 01:24 AM

Much better than you described. A work of art. You have the touch of a master. Is that an antique trim plane?

-- "Always with Honor"

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#11 posted 04-24-2013 02:14 AM

I like that double blind dovetail, never seen one before.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#12 posted 04-24-2013 02:23 AM

Stunning beauty

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 04-24-2013 02:42 AM

Absolutely beautiful !!!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#14 posted 04-24-2013 02:52 AM

Haven’t seen better in modern work…...........;-j (Sure, make me feel inadaquate)

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#15 posted 04-24-2013 08:17 AM

So much about his is great. The details, wood, color and finish… A+++++++++++

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

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