Oversize Music Box Dancer Base

round music box dancer base

Oversize round music box dancer base

This oversize music box dancer base was made for a show where a young ballet dancer, standing on the base, would dance when the handle on the side was cranked.

The base was made by routing rings of timber with different profiles and stacking them together to form the structure. It was hollow inside so a speaker could be installed to play music on cue when the handle was cranked.

Below are some photos showing the construction process.

Routing the profiles

Using a router to cut the profiles of the timber rings

Routed timber rings

Routed timber rings stacked to form the base section

Making the central core spacer

Making the central core spacer

Fitting the central cor

Fitting the central core to the base section

Fitting the top section to the base

Fitting the top section to the base and clamping in position

Cutting up a rubber door mat to make the trim

Cutting up a rubber door mat to make the trim

ready for painting

Central trim fitted and ready for painting

Completed music box base

Completed music box base painted gold


For stability the base was fitted with five legs instead of four. On a round object five legs look much better than four.

 

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