Harmonica box with mini wood hinges

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Project by Mr. E posted 11-10-2013 10:51 PM 10090 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This spalted mystery wood (maple?) was found on the bottom of a pallet. There wasn’t much of the wood with the splated look, but I had the perfect small project for it. A little box. The sappy part of the story: Years ago my grandfather gave me a harmonica that belonged to his father. Not sure how to play it, but thought I could honor it in another fashion. I was tempted to miter the corners so the grain would carry through. Then I thought if it was going to get finger joints for the hinges, the box might as well match.

Box: 1 1/2×2 x 5
Hinges: 1/4×5/8×1 3/16
Pins: 1/8

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#1 posted 11-10-2013 11:43 PM

Nice hinges

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 12:20 AM

Nice work WB. Back in the ” dial up ” days a mate taught himself to play harp while he waited for a connection. If you spend much time in a car, that is another golden opportunity.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 12:26 AM

This just went on my MUST make list. Thanks

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 12:35 AM

Thank you guys.
Tex- that is a fantastic idea. I only have a short commute but, what the hell? I might look goofy doing it, but no more silly than a person on a Bluetooth phone.


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#5 posted 11-11-2013 04:02 AM

I really like this. The spalted wood was a good choice. What did you use as a finish?

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#6 posted 11-11-2013 04:44 AM

Thanks JP. For the finish I just used the last of some rattle can lacquer. Nothing too fancy. Four coats sanded in between each. Thanks for the interest.

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#7 posted 11-11-2013 04:51 AM

3blow, 4blow, 3draw, 2draw. That is the classic blues muddy waters riff.

I have my grandfathers old harmonica too, framed on the wall. Tex is right, any good harmonica player can play while driving with one knee. Ive been playing for years, but now making sawdust is taking more of my spare time.

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#8 posted 11-11-2013 05:23 AM

That is a great little box! I like everything about it. The spalted wood, the shape, and the hinges! This is a sweet little project.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#9 posted 11-11-2013 06:26 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 11-11-2013 05:29 PM

Love it, especially the hinges.

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#11 posted 11-11-2013 07:08 PM

Very nicely done!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#12 posted 11-11-2013 07:47 PM

Super lovely little box. Well done indeed. My compliments. Nice wood, nice design, nice work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#13 posted 11-18-2013 04:45 AM

Very cool! Great detail for such a small box!

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#14 posted 03-03-2014 07:50 PM

WOW nicely done

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#15 posted 05-20-2014 01:36 PM

Just found your boxes after posting one today of my own… I love your joinery and your wood selection. GREAT stuff!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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