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Russian Mig Fighter Jet Clock #1: Original Design, Start to Finish

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Blog entry by anthm27 posted 05-14-2019 07:10 AM 702 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend of mine Mr Peter G who is a captain in the corporate world of aviation recently had a trip to Moscow. In his travels he was lucky enough to pick up this aircraft instrument clock. Its old but actually never been used and in As Knew condition and off a Russian Mig Fighter Jet. He brought it over and asked if I could mount it some way. I probed him for some sort of brief on what he wanted, he gave me an extensive explanation that was 9 words, ””Can you put a bit of wood around this?”” That was the brief end of story.

Anyways Morning tea went on and I was full of ideas and eager to start. Quickly, in order to make a template I pulled the clock apart, The outer flange only had a couple of mm overlapping the body of the clock so the template had to be fairly accurate.

With the template in the shape of the clock complete I got on and sketched some ideas for overall clock body shape, I figured I need to keep it inline with the aircraft theme and worked on some sort of wing swept back wing shape. I went down stairs looking for a piece of lumber to work with and was thinking so as to avoid twisting and warping laminating might be the go I laminated three pieces of Oak and and couple of pieces of Walnut, (I would have liked the walnut to be darker but it looks OK) Anyways as the morning went on things started to come together.

Day two and after lamination was dry it was a matter of carefully with a ball bearing flush trim bit routeing out the clock face mount, I sweetened the overall shape up by running a 1/2 half round router bit down the leading edges of the wings and the back of the face got a 1/4 half round, polished up the end grain and things started to come together. Over the next few days I hand planed an angle on the base and started to piece together how the back and housing of the actual clock was going to work. At first I was going to build an intricate frame at the back to hold the clock in place, the idea was not working for me and stress levels increasing. The front I was totally happy with but the back of the clock was not coming together for me at all. I walked away.

I wanted it to be simple at the back and still have a contemporary utility type look in which could see the back of the clock instrument,. I ended up with two bits of wood to do the trick, a flat piece for the base and one single vertical piece behind the clock to hold the clock instrument in place.
I went with the Oak, the base plate piece was simple but the rear vertical piece was frustration to get correct, holes and chisel check outs to take the back of the clock. End of the day I was thrilled with the design.
I doweled the face to the base plate and screwed the back vertical to the base plate. I decided it was worth a brand on the base, so as to get it right set up a jig lite the fire and gave it a branding.

After approximately 20 man hours below is the finished product, I coated it with Tung Oil and in a few days as that dries I,ll Buff it up with Carnauba wax.
I,m Hoping Peter G enjoys it and hope he gets another trip to Moscow soon so he can pick me up a clock just like it. More pics can be seen on my projects page here.
Thanks for reading.



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robscastle

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#1 posted 05-14-2019 07:49 AM

Хороший деревообрабатывающий Энтони настоящая статья хорошо смонтирована

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 05-14-2019 07:54 AM

Когда у вас будет время, расскажите мне больше о карноубе, пожалуйста,

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 05-14-2019 08:21 AM

That is amazing cool clock in a beautifully made mount, top job Anthony.

Still question; does the clock work?

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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anthm27

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#4 posted 05-14-2019 08:51 AM



That is amazing cool clock in a beautifully made mount, top job Anthony.

Still question; does the clock work?

- crowie

Cheers Peter , Thank you, Yes the clock works without Aircraft power, its old school and requires to be wound up by hand. It has various stop watch functions.
If you look closely can read the Russian writing. Hopefully somebody translates.
Thanks again
Anth

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anthm27

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#5 posted 05-14-2019 08:53 AM



Когда у вас будет время, расскажите мне больше о карноубе, пожалуйста,

- robscastle

As for this one, Google translate nailed it, and yes as for my stem sell research is secretly going well.
LOL, Hilarious

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crowie

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#6 posted 05-14-2019 08:54 AM


That is amazing cool clock in a beautifully made mount, top job Anthony.

Still question; does the clock work?

- crowie

Cheers Peter , Thank you, Yes the clock works without Aircraft power, its old school and requires to be wound up by hand. It has various stop watch functions.
If you look closely can read the Russian writing. Hopefully somebody translates.
Thanks again
Anth

- anthm27

That makes it even more amazing!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 05-14-2019 11:43 AM

Beautiful work on that clock stand!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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robscastle

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#8 posted 05-15-2019 01:47 AM

I am not sure just what you translated but it should have said in slighly different words
When you have time, tell me more about the Carnauba process, please.

I was doing some research on Carnauba Wax as a finish on the Sungka boards, but yet again couldnt find the wax in block form in Australia, plenty of car products available.

-- Regards Rob

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anthm27

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#9 posted 05-15-2019 04:32 AM


I am not sure just what you translated but it should have said in slighly different words
When you have time, tell me more about the Carnauba process, please.

I was doing some research on Carnauba Wax as a finish on the Sungka boards, but yet again couldnt find the wax in block form in Australia, plenty of car products available.

- robscastle

As per phone conversation, here,s a picture of it.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#10 posted 05-15-2019 10:53 AM

You do some mighty fine work Anthony! You gave this clock the perfect home! Nice work! Hope you get one for your own!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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anthm27

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#11 posted 05-15-2019 11:28 AM



You do some mighty fine work Anthony! You gave this clock the perfect home! Nice work! Hope you get one for your own!

- woodshaver Tony C

Thanks for reading Tony and thanks for the acknowledgment,
Your a gentleman,
Thank you.

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#12 posted 05-17-2019 02:09 AM

Well done Anthony. Great design.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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