(part 1 of 4)
Today is my oldest (living) grandchild's 10th birthday and I made her (Isla) something special to mark the event.
The item is a small jewellery box that contains a music-making mechanism made in Switzerland. The music that is played is 22 notes from Lara's Theme.
I will describe the making of this box using extracts from my weekly journal.
2009, Nov 29:
I started another project this week. This time it's a small music/jewellery box for Isla's birthday in January and the plans come from the same issue of Wood magazine as the table that I am making for Margaret. Here is a picture from the magazine: Attachment 41508
The box in the magazine is made from mahogany and maple. I am making it from cherry and walnut. The actual music making mechanism suggested in the magazine is one from Rockler costing about $20 and made in China. A couple of months ago, I ordered two different mechanisms costing about $100 each and made in Switzerland. They both play Lara's Theme. I will use the better sounding one in the box.
Dec 13, 2009:
I carried on working with the jewellery/music box this week. The one that I am working on right now will most likely just be a prototype that I will not give to anybody and that, in the end, will not have any music mechanism permanently installed. I decided to try inserting small dowels into the two 45 degree mitered corners at the front of the box. This is not something supported by the Dowelmax jig parts, so I made an extension to the jig out of plywood to enable drilling into the facing faces of a 45 degree joint:
Attachment 41503 Attachment 41504
Next, I sanded and polished the interior sides of the box pieces up to 4000 grit: Attachment 41505
The next step was to route an indent in the front side exterior for the lid latch to fit into when shut: Attachment 41506
I used the template in the foreground to set the stop locks on the router table. The reason for all this is that the notch only goes part way through the front side.
Now it was time to glue-up the basic box: Attachment 41507