Music Book Finale

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.

10 Responses to Music Book Finale

  1. DIYaholic says:

    These Misic books speak volumes about your skills!!! Nicely done. They are sure to be treasured for generations.

    I tried to watch your video last night, but my eyes and mind decided to call it quits while I was watching. So, I came back to finish up.

    Great project, tips & video!!!

    • David Bardin says:

      Randy you are to kind. I hope the kids will like them as well. Whats cool is they have a video diary of Pawpaw making them. That is one reason why I do it.
      Now I cant wait to see all the cool stuff that is fixing to come out of that new shop of yours. You to have it in you. Just reach in there and pull it out.
      Thank you Randy.

  2. roger says:

    Those came out so incredible That Birdseye Maple pops like krazy. Dave! You ARE a carver!!! I told ya so.. Appreciate those fine tips on files also. Oh, hey, where did you get your workings for the music books? Thnx in advance.

  3. JL7 says:

    And the carving is cool as well…….When I’m feeling really patient, sometimes I will carve a little do-dad…….

    • David Bardin says:

      It is therapy. I love it. When I am waiting on finish or thing through a problem it gives my hands something to do. With practice my-bee one day I can incorporate in my work.

  4. JL7 says:

    Dave – these are truly unique and beautiful treasures for your wife. The finish is really amazing and draws you in. The Birdseye really pops! What a great lasting gift(s)……not sure if this gives you a pass on the dozen roses or not…(probably not) but much better imho….

    The file tip is timely….was just looking at the files the other day thinking I have to figure out how to clean them……will be giving that a try…thanks.

    Maybe you know, but I couldn’t get the video to play on the iPad?? Says I need Quicktime or Flash, but couldn’t find a download for either?? Seems a bit ironic since you use the Mac for your video…

    Is it workbench time or Christmas present time now, or….??

    Thanks for sharing the journey……enjoyed it!

    • David Bardin says:

      I tried to do the best I could with the finish. It seem that pushing color down in the grain works well, whatever method you choose. Then oil it till it won’t take anymore. Then the swirl the shellac around gives it a few more ways to catch the light.
      The file is a very well used tool in my shop and I am in need of good maintenance.
      Jeff Apple hates flash. It is always a problem. YouTube gives the videos out in flash and it is always a problem. I have a YouTube app that allows me to view what I want. Every other update kills the stream.
      And yes I will have 2 weeks of during Christmas, the bench is in the plans. I can’t seem to get caught up with the honey do’s for Christmas.
      Thank you for all you have done Jeff, all this would not have been possible without your friendship.

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