Building a Music Box
boxes were once one of the most popular ways to play songs for
someone, right through the 18th
centuries. However, by 1887, its days were numbered when the
Gramophone was invented, allowing people to play a wide selection of
songs on it, instead of just one. These days, the music box is
relegated to being a nice gift for someone you care about, which can
live on to play its music for many decades, without the need for
electricity. These days, many people love to get musical gifts.
usually find a music box at any music shop, and many large department
stores, but have you ever considered making a music box on your own?
reality, they are not that hard to make when you have a basic
understanding of the inner-workings of music boxes, and with some
knowledge of music box movements, you will have no problem putting
together a music box for someone you care about.
worry, it is actually not that hard and you may find it so easy and
enjoyable, it could become a yearly hobby for you.
What You Need
all, you are going to need a small box, measuring about four inches
by four inches by four inches. As well, make sure you have a music
box mechanism that can be bought both online, and at a variety of
stores, including some electronic shops.
The Music Box
music box itself, is essentially the most important part of the
device. Music boxes come in a variety of sizes, and are often square
or rectangle, made from cardboard or wood. When you are making your
music box, you can do so buy buying a small box that will work for
what you want, ordering an empty music box, or even better, put one
make it too large, only four by four by four, but make sure you can
fit the music device in. Before you start thinking about making music
boxes, buy the music device so you know it will fit in properly. If
you are going to have a music box that plays when it opens, you will
need to attach small hinges to the lid of the box.
The Music Device
have built one of the wide variety of music boxes that you can have,
you will need to put in the music device. This can be mechanical or
electronic and you also need to figure out what song you want to play
when the person who plays it opens it.
wonít have to program anything into it, and at most music supply
stores you will be able to find the song that you want to play. For
example, if it is for your wife or husband, why not have it play the
first song you ever danced together, or choose the song you danced to
at your wedding for the first dance.
matter what you choose, you should be able to find it at a store or
the music devices will have clear manufacturer instructions with
them, and all you need to do is drill a hole in the bottom of your
music box, which is where the stem will fit through, if you go for
the method that you crank. If it is a push button or pin box, then
you drill the hole in the side. If it is one that plays when it is
opened, then the mechanisms will all be internal and you just need to
follow the instructions of the manufacturer to make sure everything
works together properly.
you are going to want to camouflage some of the inner workings of the
music box, and that means putting something over the music device in
you can just put a piece of cardboard over the mechanism, or a
thicker material. Perhaps on top put a picture of the two of you
together, or maybe write in a special message that will remind them
not only of the song, but of you.
the outside, you can repaint it if you want, or you can wrap it in a
material or fabric that will give it a nice look.
home-craft shops sell small tiles that can be glued onto wood so that
your music box has a nice, ceramic feel to it.
boxes are excellent gifts that many different people, especially
those you care about, love to get. When you give them a gift of a
music box, it serves as a reminder, for decades, of the special bond
the two of you had.
the music of that box may last long into the future, centuries even.
put together a music box yourself, your are not only giving the
recipient a special gift, you are giving them something that shows
you care enough to take the time and energy to put it together.
can buy a music box, but it takes a special person to pick out the
right song, build the box and put everything together for a person.
That shows true love and friendship, and it is a gift the recipient
will treasure for much of their lives.
easy to do, people love them and you can really shine with a
well-made music box, so why are you not making music boxes yet? You
may find that when you give a musical gift like music boxes, that you
have developed a love for putting music boxes together and it could
turn into something you do a lot more. It could end up being one of
your favorite hobbies in fact.
loves music, everyone loves the gift of music and there isnít a
person on the planet who will not appreciate the gift you have given
them when you take the time to put it together for them. Two
centuries after they began to be mass produced, it is still a gift
that warms the hearts of millions.
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|Building a Music Box|
By Mr Music Box
|Mr Music Box as been involved in the music box industry for almost years.|