Replica Center Piece "120 Year Old Music Box"

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 08-02-2008 09:37 PM 4756 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Matching up this center piece was very exciting for me; it really took me back in time. Back when everything was made by hand. The company that made these wind up music boxes, made half of them with the center piece and half without. The customer was able to get me an existing center piece, so that he could have me make one for his wind up music box.

This carving has a nice blend of scrolls and acanthus leafs, with a center shell top. It took me approximately 34 hours to carve this center piece. And 10 hours to sand, stain, & finish. There is a radius on the back and front, which has to line up exactly in order to fit.
Starting to carve the shell

Drawing layout, Ready to start carving

Completed Carving on the wind up music box

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 08-02-2008 10:17 PM

That is work of master. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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#2 posted 08-02-2008 10:27 PM

Wow, that is really gorgeous, Dennis.

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

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#3 posted 08-02-2008 10:40 PM


-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#4 posted 08-02-2008 11:54 PM

Wow… Dennis, I’m not sure I have the patience for that… lol. That’s pretty incredible that it looks exactly the same. Terrific job… very well done!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 08-03-2008 12:06 AM

Crazy…great job!

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#6 posted 08-03-2008 12:54 AM

I am amazed again Dennis – What is the wood you did this in? Would love to combine our knowledge and work on a stone and wood combo with you. Someday we must get together. Makes me want to go out and work on this art piece thats been in my head for awhile now. You are awesome!!!!!!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 08-03-2008 01:25 AM

You are a true master of your trade. Thank you for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 08-03-2008 02:35 AM

simply stunnig carving—WOW_ nice finished cabinet ! ! ! ! !

-- NW wood worker

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#9 posted 08-03-2008 03:08 AM

Wow, that is beautiful Dennis! You have an amazing talent.

Thanks for posting this.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#10 posted 08-03-2008 03:56 AM

fantastic work. I owuld love to learn how to carve so well

-- making sawdust....

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#11 posted 08-03-2008 04:48 AM

Must be nice to have some artistic skills. I have to rely on power tools and software since I can’t carve a turkey and I can’t draw a conclusion. ;) Nice work!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#12 posted 08-03-2008 07:34 AM

Truly amazing work. Beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing.

-- David, O.C., California

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#13 posted 08-03-2008 01:57 PM


This is fabulous carving work!

You did a beautiful job with this project.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 08-03-2008 02:18 PM


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#15 posted 08-03-2008 06:55 PM

really impressive level of skill displayed with this piece

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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