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Project by Spuds posted 10-16-2009 03:41 AM 2104 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little desk clock made from laminating several layers of contrasting colored veneers.

To start I selected a section of hard maple to make a clamping jig. I cut the maple in two along a curvy line on the bandsaw, don’t go to tight on the curves or you will have trouble getting the veneer to conform.

Next select some veneer, I used 6 sections of contrasting light and dark, making sure to use the better faces for the outside and any lower quality sections for the interior of the sandwich. I choose black walnut and maple veneers, the final maple one was a curly maple.

With your veneers chosen, its time to build your sandwich. I lightly soak/wet each veneer to make them more pliable stacked them together by covered the faces with a mixture of 50/50 water/glue. With the build up complete I placed them in the jig and squeezed it together. (used waxed paper on the outside faces to ensure I could release the part when dry). I let this dry overnight.

Once dry back to the bandsaw I went and cut the tapped sides, then I cut out the clock face circle. I then did sanding on the drum sander and put a shine on with my buffing wheel.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 10-16-2009 04:03 AM

Very unique, nice work.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#2 posted 10-16-2009 04:09 AM

Love it ! Thanks on the how too :o)

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#3 posted 10-16-2009 04:21 AM

That’s a cool clock. Thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#4 posted 10-16-2009 06:52 AM

The absolute coolest clock


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#5 posted 10-16-2009 06:52 AM

I forgot which magazine I saw this in a few years ago …can you refresh our memory please ? Thank you

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

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#7 posted 10-16-2009 01:52 PM

Well done clock.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#8 posted 10-16-2009 02:54 PM

Unique design & nicely made.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 10-16-2009 03:15 PM

Cool clock, and thanks for the how-to! Like the way you mounted it to the base; is that tubing or bar stock?

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#10 posted 10-16-2009 05:08 PM

cool design

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 10-16-2009 06:42 PM

Very nice! Thanks for the production how-to.

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#12 posted 10-16-2009 07:11 PM

Nice Clock, and helpful how-to. Maybe I need to try this.

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#13 posted 12-27-2009 02:01 PM

I saw this in Wood. I have been wanting to try it. Nice job

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#14 posted 12-27-2009 02:05 PM

Now that is one cool looking clock!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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