Monday, March 9, 2015

Doorbell chime covers - gone wild!

Once enough people saw my doorbell chime cover I started getting some requests.

A fellow black belt at my Taekwondo studio had one of those doorbells with 100 different chimes, so he needed a cover that could be hinged open.  He also wanted a cardinal to be sitting on a branch, with the tree wrapping around the corner like a actual branch.
A little tricky, but here's what worked out.

The background is walnut.  The cardinal itself is carved from basswood.  The border of the box is Maple from a tree that fell down on his property.  The twist was to perform the joinery so that it would be structurally sound, and then to carve a tree like shape out of the board (without going through!)

Here's a better view of the "tree" side.  One piece of wood.  On last check the Cardinal was just fine, and is currently playing the "Westminster Abbey" chime sound.

Here's a cute little chickadee.  She's about to peck at some dangling pine cones.  Walnut background and Maple border.  Ironically, the pine cones are carved from Mahogany.

Here's a horrible photo of very nice rose.  Walnut background again.  Spalted maple box, and the rose carved from Mahogany and Basswood.
 If you look carefully at the sides, you can see the decorative splines that join the box sides, and if you look really carefully you can see the rose vines and leaves cut into the sides - these allow the sound to escape to the room.

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