A Natural Edge (Shop) Clock

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Project by MightyWood posted 03-17-2015 04:47 PM 18047 views 20 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Making a natural edge shop clock.

My plan was to use two slaps of alder I got when I made my chainsaw license/certification. To make it more interesting I wanted to inverse the growth rings by cutting the two pieces into triangles and reglue them inside out.


First I had to remove the chainsaw marks and after some problems at the lathe I finally got rid of them with my plane.

I used my circle to draw a more or less complex pattern onto the slaps to create the most biggest pieces of inside out triangles. The pointed angle has to be 30° so that 12 of them create a circle. One piece for each hour.

Unfortunately there was a lot of waste after cutting all pieces on the band saw but maybe I can use it in a future project.

For contrast I also resawed a piece of walnut and glued everything in an alternating pattern together. I chopped up the bark I cut off earlier and reglued it to the clock.

In the end I finished everything with boiled linseed oil. Unfortunately the clock was very dark after that…

Finally I attached the clock mechanics.

Thank you for reading!

Also watch this video and see how I made this clock:

-- Daniel @ Mighty Wood, /

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#1 posted 03-17-2015 05:04 PM

Beatiful. Really great job. Congratulations!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 03-17-2015 05:24 PM

this is very slick, i might have to steal this idea,,thanks for sharing this beautiful.

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#3 posted 03-17-2015 05:36 PM

Looks great. Cool way to display the time and help prevent cracks too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 03-17-2015 05:38 PM

This is amazing.

Nice work.

-- Woodworking is cheaper than psychotherapy and better for me than whiskey

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#5 posted 03-17-2015 06:27 PM

great design, love it!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#6 posted 03-17-2015 06:28 PM

Wonderful project, quite unusual. I like this clock.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 03-17-2015 06:30 PM

Very nice clock, the result is perfect and original !
Thank you for sharing the “how to “

-- Muriel, Belgium

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#8 posted 03-17-2015 06:47 PM

Nice job Daniel! Oh and, WELCOME to LJs !

I went back and watched the video… Wow, that’s a lot of math to figure out how to cut the pieces of the pie! :-)

And perhaps if you paint the hands with a lighter color you could see the time easier?

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 03-17-2015 11:38 PM

What a great idea Daniel, very nicely done!


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#10 posted 03-18-2015 12:19 AM

Very Neat Design! the little round of bark in the center is a nice touch.
Well done!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#11 posted 03-18-2015 12:52 AM

What a cool clock! Reversing the growth rings will stop the cracking common to crosscuts? You spent a lot of hours on this and it shows. And welcome. It appears you can teach us some good tricks.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 03-18-2015 12:53 AM

Awesome clock ,A really neat idea!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#13 posted 03-18-2015 01:02 AM

I like that very original .


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 03-18-2015 02:12 AM

The grain treatment really sets this apart! The first look was “Wait – trees don’t grow that way”

Nice design.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 03-18-2015 03:14 AM

What a beautiful piece of work. Very impressive, you should be very proud, it’s a work of art.

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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