The 50-minute clock

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Project by VillageWood posted 04-26-2009 03:32 PM 2295 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes the planets line up and a project just seems make itself.

While at the wood store yesterday, I spotted a 4-foot by 4-foot bin of figured maple offcuts for $3 a pound. I extracted two promising pieces and rushed home to extract what will likely be legs for a future jewelry box (pic 2). It took about 20 minutes to extract these pieces. I was going to toss the remainders in the burn pile when I glanced at the face of this leftover piece. I quickly wiped a bit of denaturated alcohol to take a peek… Whoa! My wife, who happened to be looking over my shoulder at the time, said “Don’t waste that!”.

Ten minutes of drilling (leveling the piece on the drill press was the hardest part), five minutes of sanding, two coats of tung oil and a good wax buffing later, there it was. This is by far the fastest thing I’ve ever done. Sometimes, the wood just speaks to you, and you have to shut up and listen.

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#1 posted 04-26-2009 03:45 PM

Nice maple mini slab and nice idea.
I’m not sure your clock’s ticking 50 minutes an hour.. LOL.

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#2 posted 04-26-2009 03:47 PM


-- doctortommy, michigan

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#3 posted 04-26-2009 04:55 PM

Saw another clock like this on the site and that one looked good too. I like the clocks in a beautiful piece of wood. Very nice!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 04-26-2009 05:45 PM

One of my favorite things to do with “leftovers”...Great job on the clock and nice find on your future legs : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 04-26-2009 06:18 PM

now thats quick and good a result.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#6 posted 05-08-2009 02:41 PM

Does the clock accentuate the figure of the maple or does the maple showcase the clock?

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#7 posted 05-08-2009 06:05 PM

How does a clock keep time with only 50 minutes? LOL This is one beautiful clock good job and quick too.

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