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Burl Music Box #2

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Project by NoWhiskeyWoodworking posted 10-20-2021 06:39 PM 524 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although I call this a “Burl Music Box” it’s actually made from a large gall that was growing on a withering wild cherry tree.

The design largely follows the design I used to make the my first music box (which makes another appearance in its final form in the fourth picture).

Because the wood grain was so stunning in this second music box, I decided not to monkey with paintings or finials or anything else that would detract from the wood. The top of the lid is the real show, and I hope that’s coming across in the pictures. The sun was a little bright.

Like the first box, this one plays “Moon River,” and I am toying with the idea of embedding a moon stone into each side (the pith side, not seen in the photos). I purchased some marble-sized moon stones from Etsy, and they will arrive Friday or Saturday. You can see the ordered moon stones in the final pic.

I think the moon stones could add a little something to the rather muted sides (left and right sides, not the front, which has its own beauty)

I might just need to make one more music box!

-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 10-20-2021 08:40 PM

Yes, another fine music box

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#2 posted 10-20-2021 09:30 PM

Thanks!


Yes, another fine music box

- recycle1943


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#3 posted 10-20-2021 09:54 PM

Another chicken dinner! 8^)

Great eye for selecting the orientation and layout of that wood!

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#4 posted 10-20-2021 10:20 PM

Thanks, Brother Splint!

Some of the layout is luck, but some is from familiarity with what’s underneath the gall bark!


Another chicken dinner! 8^)

Great eye for selecting the orientation and layout of that wood!

- splintergroup


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#5 posted 10-20-2021 10:22 PM

Great looking box!!

Best so far…I think…

You really come up with some beautiful pieces of wood…You said you are getting an inventory together…before you start selling, find out the value of those pieces raw, as you found them…Maybe some on here could give you a good idea for an average…some sell by the pound, others by, well, different things…

Some are sliced for veneer, could get a lot of veneer cuts from some of those…

Cool man…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#6 posted 10-20-2021 10:26 PM

Not sure if I’d want to sell the galls/burls or not. Couldn’t guarantee what others would find under the bark!

Usually, though, the wild cherry gives me good wood, though gummier than most.

I hope nobody’s looking at my stuff thinking… what a waste of great wood.

Great looking box!! Best so far…I think… You really come up with some beautiful pieces of wood…You said you are getting an inventory together…before you start selling, find out the value of those pieces raw, as you found them…Maybe some on here could give you a good idea for an average…some sell by the pound, others by, well, different things… Some are sliced for veneer, could get a lot of veneer cuts from some of those… Cool man…

- mtnwild


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#7 posted 10-20-2021 10:35 PM

Sorry, that’s not what I ment…

I ment so that you could guage the value of your projects…Just wood value alone, I’m sure would be quite higjh if you had to purchase those pieces…

I know they are hard to find,”legally” and are expensive when you can…

Just say’in, don’t under price your pieces…You are really using quality pieces…

Your projects are a great use of those pieces, you do them proud…Keep going…Nothing at all wrong with what you’ve done…You are a natural artist../.Think you’ve found your inspiration in the wood…Beautiful…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 10-20-2021 10:42 PM

Thanks, man!

Like I’m looking at these music boxes and thinking… $150?

But, I don’t know. I might be part of a show at a studio here in my hometown, so I guess I better figure out prices soon!

Sorry, that s not what I ment… I ment so that you could guage the value of your projects…Just wood value alone, I m sure would be quite higjh if you had to purchase those pieces… I know they are hard to find,”leagally” and are expensive when you can… Just say in, don t under price your pieces…You are really using quality pieces… Your projects are a great use of those pieces, you do them proud…Keep going…Nothing at all wrong with what you ve done…You are a natural artist../.Think you ve found your inspiration in the wood…Beautiful…

- mtnwild


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#9 posted 10-20-2021 10:48 PM

Yea, that beautiful stuff does’nt come up every day…your pieces are all a one of a kind, unique…

That’s the hard part, putting a value on projects…

cool man…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#10 posted 10-20-2021 11:03 PM

Yeah, I’d just as soon keep the stuff as to give it away too cheap.

If I do keep it, it will give my kids something to put to the road when I pass!

Yea, that beautiful stuff does nt come up every day…your pieces are all a one of a kind, unique… That s the hard part, putting a value on projects… cool man…

- mtnwild


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#11 posted 10-21-2021 01:57 AM

Looks great. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for the moonstone.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#12 posted 10-21-2021 02:01 AM

If I use the moonstones, I’m going to embed them into the sides of the box… probably drill out some of the pith and then glue the moonstone in.

I just find the sides of my boxes to be really dull because of the way I use the wood.


Looks great. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for the moonstone.

- swirt


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#13 posted 10-21-2021 12:05 PM

I don’t know why you think the sides of your boxes are dull. In looking at the end in the photo above, I think that the ends give additional character to your pieces. I used to think all cavities had to be completely cleaned out and then filled with something. My wife was able to finally convince me not to do that any longer. Now I clean them out just enough so what remains is solid and won’t fall out on its own. Then I seal everything followed by the polyurethane varnish coats.

Love your designs!!

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#14 posted 10-21-2021 12:29 PM

I suppose you’re right… I guess the sides just look dull compared the gall/burl grain. Still going to ruminate on the idea of inserting a moonstone on each side. But I promise to ruminate for a bit…

Taking a road trip tomorrow for a couple days, so will be away from my workshop. That will give me some time to think.


I don t know why you think the sides of your boxes are dull. In looking at the end in the photo above, I think that the ends give additional character to your pieces. I used to think all cavities had to be completely cleaned out and then filled with something. My wife was able to finally convince me not to do that any longer. Now I clean them out just enough so what remains is solid and won t fall out on its own. Then I seal everything followed by the polyurethane varnish coats.

Love your designs!!

TZH

- TZH


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#15 posted 10-30-2021 06:24 PM

Very unique… love it.

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