Music Box replica circa 1845

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Project by tim0001 posted 491 days ago 1418 views 8 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 491 days ago

That is a gorgeous piece of work.

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#2 posted 491 days ago

i love the high gloss finish. Nice job on that


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Jim Sellers

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#3 posted 491 days ago

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

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#4 posted 491 days ago

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 491 days ago

Really nice.

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

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#6 posted 491 days ago


-- Billy Long Island, NY

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#7 posted 491 days ago

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 491 days ago

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.

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#9 posted 491 days ago

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

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

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#10 posted 491 days ago

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 491 days ago

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

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

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 491 days ago

Stunning beauty

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#13 posted 491 days ago

Absolutely beautiful !!!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#14 posted 491 days ago

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

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#15 posted 491 days ago

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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