My first project on Lumberjocks.

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Project by oldstarter posted 05-16-2014 04:29 PM 2760 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having made a garden bench and really loving it, I was looking for another project and saw a clock like this on the net and on clicking on it, it took me to L/J and to Travis (Dakotawood) in particular. I really wanted to make it so after doing all the necessary posts etc I was able to message Travis who kindly sent me the sketchup plans for the clock, and he has helped me during the making of it.
I have been sourcing my timber other than that I inherited, through charity warehouses and have found several pieces that people don’t want simply because it’s ‘brown furniture’ and not in fashion. The old tables shown are made from solid oak which is expensive over here, (I’m in England by the way) I really hate cutting them up but better than them ending up on a fire somewhere, . I’ve seen Youtube videos of carpenters using old pallets in America, made of Oak! I’m so jealous, as over here they’re made of pine and very poor stuff at that .
I would like to just go to a merchant and buy whatever timber I want but the cash flow is a real problem at the moment as my second saw table finally gave up, and I had to buy a new one. I decided to go up market a bit as the last ones I had were just for general purpose stuff around the house so spent out a bit more than I had on the last ones, but unfortunately ended up with the biggest load of rubbish I have ever bought. So I’m saving for something more in keeping with what I want to do.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#1 posted 05-16-2014 05:03 PM

Beatiful project! Welcome to LJs!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 05-16-2014 05:34 PM

Great work sir

welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 05-16-2014 10:28 PM

Thank you for your kind comments Steve and Monte, and thanks for the welcome.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#4 posted 05-17-2014 12:14 AM

I just love to hear that the “old world” is still interested in making things by hand and repurposing available materials besides. Welcome to a pretty friendly group of woodworkers. You will find most willing to share information and resources as they can. I love it that I have made friends with people all around the world that share a similar passion for making things, especially out of wood. I remember seeing this clock before, and you did a really nice job of it. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts on projects you have completed.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 05-17-2014 12:43 AM

Great looking mantel clock! It’s nice that you’re able to save this old wood, and make something lasting from it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 05-17-2014 02:55 AM

Very nice. Like it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 05-17-2014 04:09 AM

Very nice piece. Welcome to our network. Good luck with your table saw issue.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#8 posted 05-17-2014 08:56 AM

Hi everyone it’s nearly 10am here about time I got started.
Thank you all for your comments they mean a lot to this old guy.
Just going to get some ideas for the next project, (after I’ve cleaned up the workshop) if you can’t get them on here then you can’t get them anywhere.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#9 posted 05-17-2014 09:11 AM

Nice work,
as time goes by you will also improve, that possible? ....improving on perfect !!

Keep looking for those special pallets, there are some real gems to be had every now and again.

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 05-17-2014 12:07 PM

Welcome to LJs, Oldstarter! I’m on the south shore of Boston, but I lived in Sheffield briefly during my football-playing days (Americans – I’m talking about soccer). I miss the UK, wonderful people.

That’s a very nicely built clock, congratulations on the build and on the garden bench. You’re right about this site being a font of ideas – I had to turn my project list into a sortable and prioritized Excel spreadsheet, it’s getting very long!

I read on your homepage about your recent health success, that’s great news, and I hope it offers you the opportunity to enjoy many years of rewarding woodworking. Cheers…

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#11 posted 05-17-2014 04:35 PM

Just got out the workshop, it’s a bit tidier now and I’ve repaired one or two bits, ready to start on something tomorrow.
Wow! Thanks Robert but I’ve plenty of room for improvement. One of my favourite places is upside down in rubbish skips much to my wife’s disdain, but people throw so much good timber into them, what’s a person to do.
Hi Kenyon Sheffields the other side of the country from where we are, but my father in law used to come from Barnsley so not so far away.
Thanks for your kind comments and I like the idea of a spreadsheet.
Yes my op was a great success and I’m so full of energy now and then to come on here, that’s the icing on the cake.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#12 posted 05-17-2014 05:43 PM

Great looking clock. It has an arts & crafts look to it. Very nice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 05-18-2014 01:45 AM

Excellent clock! Love the way it turned out! I was happy to help where I could!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#14 posted 05-18-2014 08:25 PM

Thanks Stevang, yes I love arts and crafts, art nouveau, decco etc but there again I like modern stuff as well.
Thanks Travis, and thank you once again for all your help.
Just decided what I’m going to do next and it’s got to be a knock down workbench, as we intend moving yet again (this will be the 15th time) in the next year or two and the old bench has seen better days. So it’ll be a case of out of the old will arise the new. I’ve spent all day looking, never realised there could be so many versions.
I have to use what I’ve got and have come up with some sort of a plan by mixing the design of two benches. Unfortunately I have to start with an old kitchen work top made of particle board, but I think I can work around it. We’ll see.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#15 posted 05-19-2014 04:22 PM

What an entering! Great project!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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