Dalmation wood music box (unfinished)

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Project by MadMark posted 03-17-2016 03:15 AM 1576 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dalmatian wood is very rare and only found in inner outer western mongolia on the east side of Ittabeena.

Due to this limited material this is a one off.

The box is 1/4” material except the bottom resonator panel which is 1/8”.

Still to be installed are a couple of interior dividers and the top grip.

The lid fits perfectly, free sliding with zero play.

We’re going to scallop the bottom lip once the pattern is finalized.

There is essentially zero scrap from this project.


-- Madmark - [email protected]

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 03-17-2016 03:28 AM

COOL music box…

Looking forward to seeing it Finished…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 03-17-2016 10:55 AM

Very nice. Please do post again when finished.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#3 posted 03-17-2016 01:28 PM

Realy amaizing wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 03-18-2016 04:50 AM

Mark, this is an interesting project. The sliding lid makes an interesting design for a music box. You might find some food for thought here on this project. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 03-18-2016 05:24 AM

Boxguy, nice job. We had to solve many of the same issues except on a smaller scale. That box is only 5-1/2” long by 2-1/4” high by 2-1/2” wide. Its hard to mortise hinges to the edge of 1/4” stock so we needed an alternative top mount. Hence the sliding top. Our bottom is out of a 1/8” piece of Dalmatian wood. The slot for the top is 5/32” wide and 0.135” deep. This gives .010” clearance for the lid edges.

The 18 note movements are $14 at Rockler, but only $5 at klockit (who has more songs).

Don’t cram the unit full into the corners, it needs about 1/8” clearance for the trip wire. Due to the design of the sliding lid the trip wire only took a couple of tries to get right. It can get quite annoying after about the 100th test play.

Today I added four 1/2” x 1/2” jatoba (Brazillian Cherry) pedistal feet. This picked it up about 1/4”. More pics soon.

Time to build? About an hour so far.


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