An Early Project Done 14 Years Ago

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Project by stefang posted 02-29-2012 07:06 PM 2214 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After moving my 92 year old MIL to an old folks home with the possessions she wanted with her, she said to just take whatever we wanted that was left at her home. My wife and my BIL and his wife are at an age when we are more interested in getting rid of stuff than acquiring more, and our kids have what they want too. We were over at her house today to tie up some loose ends and my wife found this little music box I made for my MIL’s birthday 14 years ago. Boy, time really flies!

It’s always fun to see old work. Some times I’m surprised that it was better than I thought it was considering my skill level at the time. This one is kind of like that. Looking at it now there are several easy changes that would have made it a lot nicer. One thing is the legs. At the time I thought the bottom shape looked something like those large kettles from way back when, and so I made legs like the ones I had seen on some of them.

In retrospect I guess French provincial or curvy type leg might have looked better and If I had made the heart inlay on the top thicker, I could have given it a little domed shape on the lathe. The cheap fake stone in the handle could have been a nice genuine polished stone instead.

Anyway, it was fun to see this again and it still plays the music and it stops when the lid is put on.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 07:22 PM

I like it. A unique shape in my eyes.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 07:55 PM

very fun mike..your right, always nice to see something we did from days gone by…and do as ou have done, see what we could have maybe improved in it..or who knows, maybe some time just leave it alone…...good post mike….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 08:49 PM

Pretty cool!

I have a constant reminder of my first project with the first real table saw. Wife bought it for me, so she had dibs on the first output- a jewelry box, I see it daily sitting on the dresser. Oak plywood front (and top) and back over rabbeted solid oak sides. No flocking, no liner in the tray of any kind.

I made her a much nicer one a few years ago, but she just said “oh, another box” and tucked it away somewhere.

You have reminded me that I purchased a music movement some time back, but have never mounted it into a box. Time to do that maybe!

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#4 posted 02-29-2012 09:58 PM

Mike, I like it. You’re right, it is interesting to see work that you did at a different skill level and critique it years later. When we went through things after my parents passes away, I was given a set of salt and pepper shakers that I had made for my Mom when I was about 12 or 13 years old. I recognized them right away and could remember turning them on a very simple lathe my Dad had given me for Christmas. Except for the way I drilled the holes for the cork in the bottom, I thought it still looked pretty good, after being in use for nearly 50 years.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 02-29-2012 10:36 PM

Great looking, it’s amazing how far one can progress in as little as one year, let alone 14.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 02-29-2012 10:40 PM

what a great trade for her daughter

shows what love can do

-- 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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#7 posted 02-29-2012 11:23 PM

It’s fun looking back at the things we made years ago except my stuff did’nt look this good back then. thanks for sharing Mike ,a beautiful little music box and a very pleasing design.


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#8 posted 02-29-2012 11:41 PM

Most of the stuff I have made over the years is with someone in the family. Everyone uses the breadbaskets, bowls, wooden bottles, candlestick holders, flower boxes, garden benches, a huge picnic bench, birdhouses, curios, lots of toys including big cargo airplanes, crane trucks, pull toys, a huge dollhouse all furnished with scale furniture I made with stairways swing doors, etc. all done to scale, and a lot of other stuff I’ve forgotten.

I wanted to post my granddaughters doll house, she is 18 years old now and she has it ‘loaned’ out to an adopted little sister of one of her girl friends. It was built to give joy and I’m glad it’s still being used for that. I built a birdhouse among many other things for my oldest son and his family. It was used for about 8 or more years outside. It was made out of Elm and finished with epoxy and a coat of poly with sun filter on top. They took it down when they remodeled their house, but the still have it and it is still in good shape.

Please excuse the reminiscing, but I can imagine that most of you guys out there have done about the same over the years. I sold some of my stuff many years ago, but I never got any satisfaction out of doing that, I don’t think my projects are so great, but good or bad I feel almost like they are my children and I hate to give them to strangers. Pretty weird huh?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 03-01-2012 02:33 AM

Mike everything I make is for family and friends. I love to see the look on there faces and enjoy the giving. I hope that some of the pieces I make will outlast me and people will ask “Who made that?” and they will reply” Oh just some ole grumpy relative.”
Your projects are heart warming and mean a lot to the people you give them to. Thank you for getting me to reminisce on the past stuff I have made. And looking at a lot of the folk art my grandparents made me. You do fine work and we appreciate you showing it to us.
My favorite thing is to look at the finish and the color the wood has turned.
Thanks for sharing Mike

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#10 posted 03-01-2012 05:05 AM

Looks great after all these years. Maybe a grand child would like it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 03-05-2012 11:07 PM

Great little music box Mike, I’m sure we all would make things different after 14 years. Thanks for posting, its fun to see some older projects.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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