The finale to a long series. I have finished the Music Books. They have been given to my wife and all is well.
In the end the finish gave me a lot of trouble. I just couldn’t make my mind up. I new I wanted to make the grain stand out.
So I used stain and then pushed the stain in with BLO and teak oil. Then sealed it with blond shellac with a french polish application method.
The next decision was weather to use a hard film finish for the final coat or stay with shellac.
I picked shellac for the final finish. To me it just gives a warmth that the other finishes cannot give.
I had to insert the music mechanism and attach a stop for it.
With the finish out of the way I wanted to find out a little on the history of “music boxes”.
A music box is a 19th/20th century automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder or disc so as to pluck the tuned teeth (or lamellae) of a steel comb. They were developed from musical snuff boxes of the 18th century and called carillons à musique. Some of the more complex boxes also have a tiny drum and small bells, in addition to the metal comb.
The original snuff boxes were tiny containers which could fit into a gentleman’s waistcoat pocket. The music boxes could have any size from that of a hat box to a large piece of furniture, but most were tabletop specimens. They were usually powered by clockwork and originally produced by artisan watchmakers. For most of the 19th century, the bulk of music box production was concentrated in Switzerland, building upon a strong watchmaking tradition. The first music box factory was opened there in 1815 by Jérémie Recordon and Samuel Junod. There were also a few manufacturers in Bohemia and Germany. By the end of the 19th century, some of the European makers had opened factories in the United States.
And we all had a sister or cousin that had one of these.
I used a lot of rasps and files to make this project so I thought I would share a tip in my video on the care of files. The sharpening trick I picked up from over at Logans Cabinet Shoppe.
Thank yall for your patience and support. Really, Thanks 😉
I almost forgot. I am still tinkering with this.
Thank you Jeff and Thank you William.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.