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Project by Junji posted 06-14-2009 08:56 AM 2536 views 11 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two days ago, it was my son’s 7th birthday.
I made him some gifts and this is one of them.

I made the bigger one first, and showed it to my son on the day before yesterday. He said it’s great but he wanted a clock with alarm so he can wake up by himself in the morning. But one I made didn’t have the alarm. And maybe hole for the hands were too deep, it was kind of hard to see when dark.

So I made the smaller one on the next day. I went to a 100 yen shop (One $ shop) to get a cheap alarm clock, and then took the clock movement out of it.

Making these were not so difficult, just made a block with different type/color of woods, then made a big square hole from the back and a round hole from the front. For the big one, I left about 3mm thickness of wall between the front and the back holes, to use it as a dial, but for the small one, the dial needed to be 1mm thick, as I bought the movement from 100 yen shop, and the original dial was made of a sheet of paper… So I made a hole all the way, and made a sheet of a dial, about 1mm thick. Just put the part between the movement and block.

Walnut, black walnut, white ash and cherry.
The dimentions are about 85 mm x3 for the big one, 70 mm x 3 for the small one.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/





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#1 posted 06-14-2009 09:05 AM

Looking good:-)) Tell him happy birthday form the USA!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 06-14-2009 09:09 AM

very nice junji !
it is good that you can do this for your family .
it is good to hear from you again ,
as you said earlier that maybe we would not hear from you for awhile .
and please stay in touch , even if you don’t make something .
we love to hear from you .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-14-2009 10:16 AM

TopamaxSurvivor,
Thank you. I will tell him so later, and he knows the English words, “happy birthday”, because we all sing the song even here in Japan.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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#4 posted 06-14-2009 10:18 AM

patron,
Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I will stay in touch, sorry, I just didn’t feel like posting these days, but I was making something… I will post one more gift for his birthday later.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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#5 posted 06-14-2009 10:18 AM

You sing it in English?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 06-14-2009 11:00 AM

TopamaxSurvivor,
Yes, we sing it in ENGLISH.
I guess we never have a custom to celebrate somebody’s birthday in our history, so we just used the English song these days. But it’s just strange, we have Xmas songs in Japanese, although most of us are Buddhists.
I guess “Happy Birthday” in English is just easy enough to remember even for kids.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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#7 posted 06-14-2009 11:06 AM

Do most people learn English over there? Christmas is a financial and secular holiday as much as Christian anymore.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 06-14-2009 11:38 AM

Nice clocks Junji. I like the way you did the dials with the contrasting hour dots. Your son will probably keep his clock forever. It is always very special to get something made especially for you. Since the subject of language has been brought up, I just want to complement you on your English, it’s really good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-14-2009 12:43 PM

TopamaxSurvivor,
Everybody needs to take English class in middle school and high school here in Japan, but almost nobody can speak it. In the schools we learn so much about grammar but not so much conversation or composition. I lived in the states for one year about 20 years ago, and I use it a lot so I can speak it, but mots people live only with Japanese, but many people want to speak it, indeed.
Yes, Xmas is really big here too. And I like the way it is. It’s the end of the year, and you feel like there should be something special happen at the time of the year. And no one hates to receive gifts anyway.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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#10 posted 06-14-2009 12:51 PM

stefang,
I have been making many rings and found out that it is really easier to make something when you know who is using it. If you don’t know it, it’s a kind of difficult to concentrate when you make it, no?
My English! Wow thank you. I always think I should thank everybody, especially my parents and my host parents in Colorado, who gave me a great opportunity to spend one whole year in the United States when I was 18 years old. It’s not only about the language, but also you can have much chance to know things, meet somebody new or get to know about other culture, like using this great site LJ. If I don’t speak English, I would never think about using this site, since I have no way to know others projects, not express what I want to say…

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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#11 posted 06-14-2009 12:54 PM

The way you use the timbers of different color and grain to contrast and compliment the design is outstanding yet so very simple.. It works and I like it
Larry from the land downunder.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @ lasercreationsbylarry.com.au

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#12 posted 06-14-2009 01:52 PM

degoose,
Thank you so much. Color much of different timbers are always fun part to me.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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#13 posted 06-14-2009 02:07 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your son Junji. You continue to make the everyday things interesting. What did you use for the “dots” on the face? Did you cut plugs?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#14 posted 06-14-2009 02:15 PM

These are a great little gift, for any age person. It’s good to let the youngsters learn to tell time with a regular clock. Digital clocks make it too easy. This will be another reason for keeping scrap wood. By the way, I like the signature mark you put on your projects. Is this your logo? Happy birthday to your son.

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#15 posted 06-14-2009 02:17 PM

Don,
Thank you. For the dots, I used the left overs from the cube. Just made holes with drills, and filled with a round shape stick made with a knife one by one.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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