Harmonica box with mini wood hinges

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Project by PAJA posted 161 days ago 1694 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This spalted mystery wood (maple?) was found on the bottom of a pallet. There wasn’t much of the wood with the splated look, but I had the perfect small project for it. A little box. The sappy part of the story: Years ago my grandfather gave me a harmonica that belonged to his father. Not sure how to play it, but thought I could honor it in another fashion. I was tempted to miter the corners so the grain would carry through. Then I thought if it was going to get finger joints for the hinges, the box might as well match.

Box: 1 1/2×2 x 5
Hinges: 1/4×5/8×1 3/16
Pins: 1/8

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#1 posted 161 days ago

Nice hinges

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#2 posted 161 days ago

Nice work WB. Back in the ” dial up ” days a mate taught himself to play harp while he waited for a connection. If you spend much time in a car, that is another golden opportunity.

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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#3 posted 161 days ago

This just went on my MUST make list. Thanks

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#4 posted 161 days ago

Thank you guys.
Tex- that is a fantastic idea. I only have a short commute but, what the hell? I might look goofy doing it, but no more silly than a person on a Bluetooth phone.


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#5 posted 161 days ago

I really like this. The spalted wood was a good choice. What did you use as a finish?

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#6 posted 161 days ago

Thanks JP. For the finish I just used the last of some rattle can lacquer. Nothing too fancy. Four coats sanded in between each. Thanks for the interest.

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#7 posted 161 days ago

3blow, 4blow, 3draw, 2draw. That is the classic blues muddy waters riff.

I have my grandfathers old harmonica too, framed on the wall. Tex is right, any good harmonica player can play while driving with one knee. Ive been playing for years, but now making sawdust is taking more of my spare time.

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#8 posted 161 days ago

That is a great little box! I like everything about it. The spalted wood, the shape, and the hinges! This is a sweet little project.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#9 posted 161 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


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#10 posted 160 days ago

Love it, especially the hinges.

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#11 posted 160 days ago

Very nicely done!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#12 posted 160 days ago

Super lovely little box. Well done indeed. My compliments. Nice wood, nice design, nice work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#13 posted 154 days ago

Very cool! Great detail for such a small box!

-- Craig Bullard

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#14 posted 48 days ago

WOW nicely done

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