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Blog entry by OG51 posted 05-08-2018 04:04 AM 820 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We are living in a technological wondrous time. You hit buttons on machines and art pieces make themselves.

In the old days I would put pencil to paper and sketch out a rough drawing and then pull out graph paper and start drawing my plans. Always tiny little gotchas where I failed to account for a piece part sticking out here or there.

Today we can just spin up the squirrels in the ole’ computer and start digitally visualizing projects. And it only takes months to years to learn the software. lol.

A little tongue and cheek but I love being able to visualize the projects before starting to draft my plans for different projects. I still have to actually build the wood pieces but it gives my wife an opportunity to tell me what I am clearly not doing to her taste on my designs.

Now back to this project.

After my wife posted pictures of my dragon claw clock, my brother in law loved it so we are sending it his way and making another one to replace it.

I’ve ordered another clock mechanism (should be here by Friday) and I’ve started planning another dragon claw clock. I’ve updated the claws with better detail and refined the design (I hope). I’ve created the cnc patterns for the dragon claws and Celtic cross. The O and A are my and my wife’s initials to personalize it.

I still have a little bit more design planning to figure out for the side columns. My wife wants something carved on them as well. Not exactly sure what I want on there. Maybe a tree of life, rock formation or maybe more dragon stuff. I’ll probably clean up the patterns a little bit more as well.

Lastly, need to figure out what lumber species I want to use. I currently have oak, beech, African mahogany, and walnut on hand but may want to pick up some maple for this project. I may just use mahogany again since I liked how the first clock looked.

If nothing pops up I’ll build it this weekend. I’ll post pictures of my progress before throwing the final project pictures in the finished projects thread.



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#1 posted 05-13-2018 06:35 PM

I am going with a dragon column design for the side columns. Finishing up the model for some minor tweaks but overall really pleased on how it turned out. About 4-5 hours (total for all patterns) of cnc carving time so may wait until another day to start the project.

I am thinking appliques in a different wood than the clock mahogany. lol. The design is evolving.

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#2 posted 05-13-2018 10:36 PM

Went to my shop and started comparing different lumbers visually. I think the clock will be Mahogany with Maple lumber dragon columns appliques on the sides. Here is what the pattern looks like for the columns. So 4 total patterns need to be carved. I may use some walnut for accents at the ends of base but I’ll evaluate when I get there. The columns will have to be wider to accommodate the carving appliques.

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#3 posted 05-15-2018 01:07 AM

Some small progress. Got two out of the four patterns carved. I am super pleased on how the maple looks on the mahogany. Can’t wait to see what the oil finish will reveal. Its always magic.

I am pleased with the patterns themselves as well. Sometimes the patterns looked great virtually but when carved they lack the wow factor.

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#4 posted 05-20-2018 11:42 PM

Another quick update. Finished the construction. I was a little rusty with the turnings. Did them by eye and they were a little off. I may redo them at some future time but for now they will do.

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#5 posted 05-23-2018 01:46 AM

Project complete. The tung oil really brought out some amazing color from the mahogany. The cnc designs all came out really good in my opinion. I learned a new way to make the Celtic cross pattern so a bonus. I can build the 3d model in about 5 to 10 minutes now. The dragon columns took many hours to build as 3d models. All going into my library.

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