"Music Box,"72 note movement

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 05-10-2011 02:48 AM 8246 views 27 times favorited 68 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one took me a lot longer then I thought it would. From designing to completion it took me right around six months, working in the evenings and weekends. Putting the sound holes in the bottom and back sure makes the 72 note movement sound a lot better. It helps bring out the bass and treble. I made a practice box just for the sound. The sound is nice and loud, clean and crisp.

The box size is 8 1/2” tall x 8” deep x 16” long. The Veneer is Maple Burl, The solid hardwood is Flamed Birch.

My goals were to have the veneer blend on all sides of the music box. also to have a musical theme throughout and to have the veneers flow nicely from the inside of the box to the outside. I have sound holes in the back and bottom of the box for the treble and base. The marquetry for the violins on the outside of the top I used Flat Cut African Mahogany. The inside of the top I used Bloodwood for the Violins. That way when you open up the lid to hear the music, you can see the same marquetry but in a different color of wood. By using veneers and their natural colors and grain, I was able to make the marquetry look as things look in the real world. I use a clear coat natural lacquer to bring out the natural qualities of the wood. By matching up the front and corners and sides and the back with maple burl veneer it looks like one piece of veneer all the way around the music box. The black inlays around the trim and top lid and segmented feet I used Macassar Ebony. Veneers used, “Holly, Macassar Ebony, Dyed black Maple, Flat Cut Walnut, Flat Cut African Mahogany, Bloodwood, Maple Burl.” The size is 8 1/2” tall x 8” deep x 16” long. The hardwood is flamed Birch, I worked on this Music Box for six months, in the evenings and weekends. Thank you for looking.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 02:59 AM

This is simply incredible – a fantastic work of art!

I would love to be able to hear this – have you considered posting a video?


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#2 posted 05-10-2011 03:01 AM

My Goodness, Dennis! This is incredible! every detail is just perfect. The wood choices are beautiful and the finish is so lovely. I didn’t catch which tune you said it played. This is so lovely and truly a masterpiece.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 05-10-2011 03:10 AM

That is just so nice Dennis. What can I say. That is one “Stylish Box”. Great design, marquetry and of course workmanship.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 05-10-2011 03:16 AM

And we thought that William and Kate had the “Royal” platform…... Wow, this should be the “King” of music boxes for so many reasons! Just plain amazing and beautiful. The detail work is just superb, the design and workmanship flawless…... I can only imagine how it sounds!

You just keep raising the bar a little higher each time Dennis, thanks for sharing the whole process and then the final “Gem” !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#5 posted 05-10-2011 03:23 AM

What a beautiful music box. Outstanding job Dennis.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#6 posted 05-10-2011 03:25 AM

Craftsmenship just does not get any better than this.An absolute work of art!

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#7 posted 05-10-2011 03:33 AM

Hey Dennis,

As always, outstanding workmanship, and a perfect design.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 05-10-2011 03:38 AM

Dennis your music box is very beautiful~~~~

-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

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#9 posted 05-10-2011 03:56 AM

Great work Dennis, your attention to detail is amazing. Thanks for posting all the extra pictures!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#10 posted 05-10-2011 03:59 AM

Dennis, this box is simply beautiful. Very unique design, and the craftsmanship is impeccable with icredible marquetry and veneering. Thanks for sharing

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#11 posted 05-10-2011 04:03 AM

This is just absolutely stunning. What a beauty!!! You say this took you 6 months, it looks like it took 6 months. Pure perfection. What a truly unique, one of a kind music box. If this is a gift to some lucky gal, she will be truly blessed!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#12 posted 05-10-2011 04:07 AM

The end result of perfect craftmanship Dennis, a signature piece, beautiful

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 05-10-2011 04:08 AM

Allison stole my word… STUNNING!

I would love to hear the sound.

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

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#14 posted 05-10-2011 04:19 AM

That’s a beauty of a music box! Your tutorial shown earlier almost makes this look easy enough for us novice wood workers to try. . . almost! Great piece of work!

It really is fun to have so many wood workers or people just interested in wood working here all in one place who are willing to share their projects, ideas and techniques. Thank you for sharing your work, as I know it takes a lot of time and effort to stop and take photos in the middle of a project and then to edit and post them.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#15 posted 05-10-2011 04:20 AM

as always outstanding work. you really nailed the 3d effect on the violins. none better

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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