Music Book V

Music Box 5

Well I am almost at the end of this project. This time I have dealt with a bit of prefinish and pinning the book together.
The resin cleared up very nicely.
Wet Resin

Dry Resin

With the resin dry I applied some gel stain and then BLO to the birds eye to try and pop the grain a bit. After that dried overnight I was troubled about just attaching the bottom panel with glue. I don’t think it would have held up over time. I had purchased a bit of Texas Ebony the last time I was at our local hardwood dealer. Pickens Hardwoods in Clinton Ms.

I made some small 1/8 inch dowels with the Ebony and was very pleased with the results. My hands are still black from the process. I show that a bit more in the video.
I want to thank two Lumberjock members for making this possible. JL7 aka Jeff and William. Jeff helped me with the birds eye maple and William helped me with the music box movements. Thanks guys.
I believe there to only be one more installment to this series and it will be over. As always thank you for your time and leave a comment or klick one of the social media buttons below. That helps get me higher page ranking.

Oh I have started another new thing, carving. Wish me luck.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

22 Responses to Music Book V

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very nicely done and a very cool idea.

  2. bagtown says:


    Really liked this build.
    Nice tip on the dowels.
    Looking forward to your carving adventures.

    • David Bardin says:

      Thanks Bags I am glad you enjoyed it. I try to give a tip or two to keep it interesting. As long as I have had that gauge I didn’t realize it was a Starrett until the video. It goes from 0 to 36 gauge or .325 to .005. And I am looking forward to carving as well. Thanks! πŸ˜‰

  3. Boxcarmarty says:

    Nice dowel jig Dave. That look a bit safer then trying to turn them out on a lathe…..

  4. JL7 says:

    Wow – very cool Dave! You scared me a bit with the gel stain at first, but man does that look good…..I might ask for a little more detail of that….did I say how cool this is yet?

    Question – how hard is a horse apple tree?? I’m not familiar…. πŸ™‚

    I’ve used that dowel technique in the drill press, but not with the wire gauge……I’m with William, gotta find one of those….great tip….plus great way to attach the bottom……..did I say how cool that is?

    Was that you on the banjo? Gluing, doweling and picking?

    Thanks for the shout out…..I knew you would kill it…..can’t wait to see the finished prize…..

    I’d go on, but I have to work in the morning……:) Broken server at work…..real drag…….

    Enjoy the holiday and the vacation……..

    • David Bardin says:

      Jeff Most folks use aniline dye first to POP the grain. I don’t have any and there is nowhere local to get it. So I used the gel stain. First it stays wet longer. That gives me a good chance to work it in. I then wipe that off and use an oil to push it down in the grain. The oil also breaks any heavy streaks I might have left and evens out the stain. Since then I have applied a few coats of teak oil. I am trying to reach way in the grain and give it some depth.
      Osage Orange! We called it a horse apple tree. You aint had fun till you smack your brother in the head with one and RUN!
      I got that gauge when I was in school for wiring houses. I used it ma bee once in 20 years. It is hard steel and the hole taper ever so little. It worked out well.
      I am afraid I have No musical skill. I can keep time with my Jews Harp πŸ˜‰
      Good luck on the server. I have had my share of dead ones as well.
      Thanks Jeff for everything.

  5. DIYaholic says:

    I ran out of witty several weeks ago, but I’ll comment anyway!

    Glad that resin cleared up, would have been a bummer, had it not. I really like the inset with the resin, there are a lot of things you can do with it.
    Even though you are a “southern redneck” (with ALL due respect), the use of the wire gauge sure was some good old fashioned “Yankee Enginuity”!!!

    I’m so looking forward to seeing some of that Thanksgiving turkey, after you get done learning how to carve it. Why do you need gouges to carve a turkey???

    Anxiously awaiting the “Music Book Finale”!!!

    • David Bardin says:

      Randy whit is something you sir will never be short of. You can cut me off some with that new bandsaw and mail it to me.
      I take the redneck comment as a complement. Thank you may I have another.
      Mmmmmm let’s see carving a turkey with a gouge. That’s like buttering your bread with a surf board.
      It’s always a blast with you around, Yankee or not. Come again.

  6. roger says:

    OH, and, You’ll be a gr8 carver. I believe it

  7. roger says:

    Like you said, “no matter where ya go, thar ya arrr”….. That Birdseye Maple sure look familiar… πŸ™‚ Thnku. Anyhoo, this is your best book yet. That clear resin really did the trick. Very kool, all the way around, and fantastic wood combos.

    • David Bardin says:

      There we are Roger. Nice maple is it not?
      Thank pal that does mean a lot. I think the resin is cool as well. I wonder what other thinks I can shape it into.
      Again Thanks Roger.

  8. Ted Weddell says:

    Dave, the music book looks great. I’ll be back later to check out the video, when my internet decides to play nice. I’m really curious about that Texas ebony.

    Oh, and carving now? Cool! Can’t wait to see it.

    • David Bardin says:

      Hello Ted, glad you came over. Check it out, its not going anywhere. That ebony has me colored black and I will be that way till it wears off.
      And yes carving. I have a new set of gouges and have been wanting to get into some relief carving. We will see how it goes.
      thanks Ted

      • Ted Weddell says:

        You can probably get that stain off with Goop or similar hand cleaner and a fingernail brush.
        My internet is playing nice, this morning, so able to watch the video. I like your drill lathe… gonna have to borrow that idea for some things. The linseed oil sure does make the maple grain pop out. The Music Book looks really nice. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

        • David Bardin says:

          Ted great tip I didn’t even think of hand cleaner. That stuff cuts most grease and grime. Glad you were able to catch the video. I know its hard for you to get the chance. And thank you very much, all ideas here are up for anyone to use and I love it when you guys pass good ideas back. If you like the BLO wait till you see what teak oil has done to it. Thank you for your time Ted.

  9. William says:

    That is cool. Are you going to build a bookshelf full of these? Can’t wait to see the bookshelf.
    I need to remember the dowel idea and find me a wire gauge. I have had hell in the past finding or making matching dowels. I had some plug cutters that used to do a good job. I think I’ve worn them out though and I can’t find them anymore smaller than a quarter inch.
    Can’t wait to see it in person completely done.
    You be careful and have a good time on your week off.

    • David Bardin says:

      William as much time as I have in these, I don’t think so. Cant you tell, look at how long this series has drug out.
      The wire gauge idea is mine. I have seen many guys make theirs and I have been staring at it hanging on the shop wall for a long time now. The way it is shaped allows for it to cut the wood and there are so many holes that get a little smaller each time. You can make the dowel you want.
      Come on over and take a look. Thanks!

  10. eddieantley says:

    Dave that looks beautiful, like the way you used a wire gauge to make those ,very cleaver ,a nice design too, thanks for sharing as i always learn from your videos ,

    • David Bardin says:

      Eddie that gauge has been hanging on my shop wall for 20 years. I was in need of a doweling jig and thought I would try it to see if it would work. It did and worked very well. Thanks for stopping by.

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