How to Build a Rotating Music Box

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A wind-up rotating music box calms a restless girl with a song.
A wind-up rotating music box calms a restless girl with a song. (Image: Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A rotating music box is a treasured gift and a decorative piece of furniture for a girl or young woman. Often, the music box has secret compartments for keepsakes and treasures or serves as a jewelry box while disguised as just another trinket on a shelf. A tune from a rotating music box can ease a girl to sleep at night. It is fairly easy to convert a regular music box into a rotating box.

Things You'll Need

  • 3-inch diameter wooden base
  • 1-inch dowel 1/2-inch diameter
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch bit
  • #00 Phillips head screwdriver
  • Wood glue
  • Super glue

Locate the compartment door on the bottom of the music box. Open it and gently remove the music box player from inside by unscrewing the screws holding it in with a #00 Phillips head screwdriver. You will need to unscrew the wind-up key by turning it counterclockwise to release it from the music box. Set the key and the screws to the side to ensure you don't lose them.

Glue a 1-inch dowel with a 1/2-inch thickness to the middle of the bottom gear on the music box player using super glue. The bottom gear turns as the music plays. The dowel will spin as the gear spins. Allow the glue to completely dry before moving on.

Drill a hole in the music box compartment door where the dowel will go through, using the drill and a 1/2-inch bit. Wiggle the bit around a little while drilling the hole to give the dowel a little moving space. Be careful to not wiggle too much and make the hole lopsided.

Place the music box player back inside the music box carefully by sliding the dowel through the hole in the compartment door. Replace the screws with the Phillips head screwdriver. Replace the wind-up key by turning it clockwise until it begins to wind the music box. Go slowly when turning the wind-up key as it is not helpful if the music box is playing while you're trying to work on it.

Drill a 1/2-inch divot into the center of a 3-inch-diameter wooden circle base. Apply wood glue to the divot, place the end of the dowel into the glue and press down gently. Allow the glue time to dry and set.

Tips & Warnings

  • When attaching the dowel to the base, make sure to not put too much pressure on the box; it might break the gear.
  • Do not use a dowel that is any thickness other than 1/2-inch to prevent overloading the music player's engine and to keep from tipping the music box over.

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