Two Music Boxes: Bocote, Quilted Maple and Wenge

  • Advertise with us
Project by Dennis Zongker posted 04-02-2014 01:32 PM 2178 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

33 comments so far

View CharlieM1958's profile


16090 posts in 3253 days

#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"

View RogerBean's profile


1484 posts in 1988 days

#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)

View theoldfart's profile


6105 posts in 1486 days

#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

View helluvawreck's profile


18721 posts in 1901 days

#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

View NoThanks's profile


799 posts in 563 days

#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.

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

View SeaFarin's profile


60 posts in 1346 days

#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!

View doubleDD's profile


3829 posts in 1078 days

#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.

View savannah505's profile


1746 posts in 2621 days

#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

View Dale J Struhar Sr's profile

Dale J Struhar Sr

399 posts in 2165 days

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

Very nice Dennis. I love the choice of woods.

-- Dale, Ohio

View a1Jim's profile


113725 posts in 2611 days

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

Impressive music boxes ,very cool design.

-- Custom furniture

View dclark1943's profile


198 posts in 1222 days

#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

View steve_in_ohio's profile


1195 posts in 645 days

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

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

-- steve, simple and effective

View MyChipCarving's profile


531 posts in 2159 days

#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

View longgone's profile


5688 posts in 2343 days

#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.

View Patti Zongker's profile

Patti Zongker

187 posts in 2461 days

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

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

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

showing 1 through 15 of 33 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics