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Project by zlatanv posted 05-07-2011 07:29 AM 2590 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Purple Heart and Maple – free, Ebony $20, music movement $18, look on my daughters face when she opened this up on her 13th birth day – Priceless!

Have been thinking of this for a while now but finally started it a couple of weeks ago, kept putting it off thinking I had plenty of time. My daughter plays viola and saw a violin box a while back that she wanted, so I decided to make her a music box one. It plays Ode to Joy which is the first song she learned to play. I worked on it after work and was kind of rushed towards the end and felt myself getting sloppy. Used my laser engraver to cut and inlay the ebony F holes, and to cut the tuning knobs, that thing is awesome and I can’t get enough of it, it is so detailed. Engraved a message on the inside of the lid. Had a hard time choosing a finish, did it in satin which I really liked, but her viola is glossy so I figured it might look a little more snazzy to her in the glossy. Had the whole thing finished and just had to attach the hinges, was pre drilling holes with a 1/16 drill from HF brad point set (damn HF bits) and the drill broke off in the hole deep inside the hole, arrrgh! then I bought some shorter brass screws because I was afraid they would go through the top, and one of the screws broke off in the lid, double arrgh!!!! thats pirate talk for #&%#&* @%&#!! Might try 1/4 in screw extractor from Rockler and put in a plug and redrill, anyone know of a better way of doing this, or where I can get a smaller extractor then 1/4 in.

Turned out pretty well I think, for winging it with out a plan.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#1 posted 05-07-2011 10:52 AM

way to go DAD :-)
thank´s for sharing


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#2 posted 05-07-2011 11:52 AM

WOW !!!!!!!! That is just beautiful and such a wonderful gift. She will treasure that forever and always think of you when she plays it!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-07-2011 11:55 AM

What a wonderful gift
The design is great I thought it was real fae the thumbnail. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 12:46 PM


nice box
and a great gift
for a musical prodigy

well done
cherished for sure

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 05-07-2011 01:03 PM

That is cool. You a clever sole.
Good job.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 05-07-2011 02:46 PM

I love it! Great birthday gift.

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

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#7 posted 05-07-2011 02:51 PM

That’s simply beautiful!

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#8 posted 05-07-2011 04:32 PM

That’s real sharp. Glad to see that you got to play with your new laser. Sorry to hear about the scerws, do you have any machinist friends? You’re going to have a hard time topping this one for her 14th birthday.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 05-07-2011 05:13 PM

Super Job, and a Super Birthday Gift!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 05-07-2011 08:13 PM

They make left hand drill bits, and I have had screws back out while using them, and not have to use
a screw extractor, and while HF has some good things like their power twist belt, made in the USA, I
would get drill bits from a good industrial supplier that handles Union Butterfield, Triumph, Hanson or
a similar brand. They might cost more, but they will not be ruining your projects. That is a very
lovely gift, and I am sure it will always be treasured, you might want to purchase a replacement
action, because she may wear this first one out. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 05-07-2011 11:42 PM

WOW! Great job!

-- christopheralan

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#12 posted 05-08-2011 01:56 AM

Just a tip on using brass screws. If you can find a steel screw of the same size, drive it in the pre-drilled hole first then remove it and then install the brass screw. I found out that this technique works when I was building a boat using brass screws.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#13 posted 05-08-2011 03:51 AM

Milana says thanks David.

Thanks for the tips will have to try the steel screws before the brass screws, I was taking my time putting them in but they are real fragile, #2 3/8, and small.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#14 posted 05-08-2011 04:00 AM

Very nice, I have twisted off a few brass screws and been quite frustrated, my buddy Russ taught me to use a steel screw to preform the threads, problem solved.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#15 posted 05-08-2011 04:00 AM

Very nice, I have twisted off a few brass screws and been quite frustrated, my buddy Russ taught me to use a steel screw to preform the threads, problem solved.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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