Two Music Boxes: Bocote, Quilted Maple and Wenge

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 04-02-2014 01:32 PM 1593 views 10 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These two music boxes have the same design except one is made out of Bocote & Wenge, and the other one made out of Quilted Maple & Wenge.

Both music boxes have a 72-note movement installed. The glass has a 1/2”-in bevel on the outside face of each piece.

The overall size is: 11-in. long x 6 1/2-in. deep x 5-in. tall. I still can’t figure out which one I like better.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 04-02-2014 01:36 PM

These are stunning, Dennis!

Were they commissioned pieces? I know those 72-note movements are extremely pricey.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-02-2014 01:38 PM

Both are really lovely; completed with your signature precision. Hard to make a choice between the two. My compliments.

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

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 01:39 PM

Quilted maple by far the best. Its a bit more refined which suits the contents. Beautiful work.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#4 posted 04-02-2014 01:41 PM

Dennis, these are outstanding just like all of the rest your work. You are an amazingly talented craftsman and artist.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 04-02-2014 01:42 PM

Nice work Dennis,
I prefer the Bocote & Wenge box.
I would really like to make one someday from Wenge and Zebra wood,
would you mind if I “somewhat” copy it? I’ll make the base different with different feet.
It would be a gift, not something to sell.

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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#6 posted 04-02-2014 01:44 PM

I also vote for the maple. Beautifully done! What tune does the movement play? Same on both boxes?

-- I'm Chuck and I wood not chuck wood cause I keep finding uses for it!

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#7 posted 04-02-2014 02:04 PM

These are really nice. Beautiful in all respect. Nice work.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#8 posted 04-02-2014 02:08 PM

How many ways can I express what I think of your work, sometimes I have no words that can say how impressed I always am with all you do, another great job. You are a master in your work, it always shows. Yes, I’m back in Florida now. Have a great day. Patti too.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#9 posted 04-02-2014 02:13 PM

Very nice Dennis. I love the choice of woods.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#10 posted 04-02-2014 02:19 PM

Impressive music boxes ,very cool design.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 04-02-2014 02:28 PM

Good Morning Dennis, Once again, Lovely work ! Don’t you just love working with Wenge? : ) But it sure looks nice when finished.
What are you using for hinges, they look pretty sturdy – - are they a Brusso product? Take a bow my friend on a couple more home run’s; and greet Patti from your friend in KC.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#12 posted 04-02-2014 02:29 PM

wow, those are beautiful, you did an amazing job.

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#13 posted 04-02-2014 02:51 PM

Both are striking contrasts with the two choices of wood. I see how it was hard for you to decide on a favorite. You’re the box-man!

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#14 posted 04-02-2014 03:00 PM

Excellent looking music boxes. I can see how you cannot decide which one you like best since they are both nice.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Patti Zongker

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#15 posted 04-02-2014 03:17 PM

Very beautiful work Dennis :)... Hi Dave from KC :)

-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

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