Music Box #3: more progress

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Blog entry by Chris Cook posted 12-22-2016 01:55 PM 1012 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I didn’t just quit woodworking for two years. I just let that box sit.

I did turn this chunk of mahogany into a bass guitar that same year, I just haven’t posted that project yet.

Back to the music box.

A longgggg time ago (~15 years ago) I purchased a music box mechanism to make a music box for my wife. It plays “It’s a small world” as we’ve been to Disney World a bazillion times and her favorite is the Small World” ride. Obviously, I never made the music box, just didn’t have the right feel for what to do with it.

So, now the kids are grown and married, we’ve decided to take a trip to Disney World next spring, just the two of us. How do you go to Disney World and save 50%? Don’t take the kids! It struck me that it would be a great Christmas present to use the music mechanism in this box that’s been sitting a while.

At this point it was time to cut the box into lid & base. A tricky procedure made more tricky when you haven’t done it in a few years.

I decided to make hinges for the box instead of using premade. I used a piece of cherry to cut the hinge parts.

Using the kerf-cut method, I prepared these as hinges. (I just blew through a very tenuous and procedure here)

I predrilled the hinges and used that as a guide to drill the box for support dowels.

double sided tape is just the bomb for wood working. I’ve found that the golf club grip tape to be perfect.

until next time…

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 02:18 PM

I am sure there was more to those hinges than shown…

Nice Fender PJ bass. It take guts to build a guitar.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 02:24 PM

Very nice hinges, I really like how fine you made them.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 12-22-2016 02:33 PM

Luvin the progress. Hinges are fantastic! Super nice guitar also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Chris Cook

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 07:31 PM

Thanks all. I’ll post the bass later! I took an old Fender bass neck and built the body for it. Haven’t tried to build a neck yet. That will be a burner project for sure. I can bet the first neck I build will go into the scrap bin.

Funny thing about hinges is the hardest part is drilling the pin holes through the hinge spokes (?). If this gets off center, you’re hosed.

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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