Much Smaller Than I Thought.

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Project by oldstarter posted 06-16-2015 06:56 AM 1753 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently decided to have a real go at ‘Sketchup’ and spent a solid week doing nothing else, then just to try it out I took a photo of a clock from the net and tried to use it in Sketchup. I had no dimensions so had to guess at them, taking as a starting point the tiles either side of the clock face and assumed they would have been around 4” I eventually ended up with a clock 24” inches long. Now having a plan of the clock all drawn up, all be it not brilliant on my part I decided to have a go at making it. First off 24” is a bit long for my mantle piece which is only 48”, so using one of Sketchup’s tools I reduced it by half. Seemed a good idea at the time, but never really thought of how small all the other parts would end up until I came to make them that is. I never intended to make a miniature, but that’s really how it ended up, the smallest parts being the mortice and tenon joints for the front of the clock, the tenons ended up a 1/4” x 1/8” with 1/16” shoulders. I meant to photograph them but got so involved with gluing and clamping them ready for the next day that I completely forgot. When I came to what I assumed originally to be 4” tiles, now of course where only a quarter of that size, I looked around but couldn’t find anything suitable so ended up making something myself. I drew out the shapes and then set about doing some inlay for the stems at the bottom I decided the best bet was to put super glue around them, then fill them with some Ebony saw dust from a sander. Then ground down some Turquoise stone for the centre of the flowers and then finished off with hand painting using acrylic paint. the original clock face I had was too big so had to use a different one, another thing I learnt. Start with the clock not the case.
Well better or for worse here she is, thanks for looking.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#1 posted 06-16-2015 10:36 AM

wow that’s way cool my dude

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#2 posted 06-16-2015 12:06 PM

Dave some nice work here. I have done a lot of clocks using sketchup for the design and you are right. Use the clock face for your starting point and design around that.

-- Bob

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#3 posted 06-16-2015 12:56 PM

That’s quite a story about what must have been a frustrating design experience. However, it really turned out very nice. The style is very attractive and, I especially like your tiles. Good work.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 06-16-2015 01:39 PM

It’s a good looking clock and will look really nice on someone’s mantle. One of these days I going to have to check out sketchup.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 06-16-2015 07:39 PM

hi fantastic work very nice clock i love it


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#6 posted 06-16-2015 10:37 PM

Sorry I’ve been a long time answering guys, only my brother said he had some exotic wood I could have, if I made him half a dozen scrap wood coasters in exchange. Well as it happened I had just finished a set so I was off. I haven’t got them of my car yet (the exotics I mean) as it’s getting quite late here, so tomorrow I’ll be drooling over them in my workshop they’re only smallish pieces but I can’t wait to get a proper look at them. Thanks for all your comments, I really appreciate them.
I’m going to spend some more time on sketchup. I particularly liked the way you could just click on your pieces at the end and could pull up your sizes all written neatly and arrowed for you, but was really surprised after I decided to make the pieces and thought I’d better number or name them, clicked on the text box which threw up and arrow and a letter I think, and thought what do I do now as I hadn’t got that far with sketchup, anyway I clicked on a piece expecting a box to appear but instead it had given the piece a name ‘front separator, which it was, I though ‘wow how cool is that’! So I clicked on a bottom part and it said ‘foot’ Lol I hadn’t even told sketchup it was a clock. If like Helluvawreck you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go. Once again thanks for all your comments.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#7 posted 06-17-2015 01:41 AM

Dave, nice work. Sketchup is incredibly powerful but can be frustrating as well. There are lots and lots of tutorials out there that will help you. Once you get it pretty well down you will be amazed how fast it is to model an idea.

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#8 posted 06-17-2015 04:34 AM

Thanks Philba, I’ve just bought Sketchup for Dummies, which is good for when I’m not near a computer, but the videos by the same author ‘Aiden Chopra’ are great as they are just in bite size chunks and really seem to stick. Need to get down to watching some more, as you said the videos are the way to go.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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