Crotch Walnut Clock

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Project by warrenkicker posted 02-27-2010 04:03 AM 2095 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My dad was wanting to cut down a walnut tree that was on the edge of a field and offered me the stump. The rest he was using for firewood. There wasn’t anything big enough for lumber. When I saw one of the crotches of a branch I asked to have that as well. This was one half of the crotch and is actually about 1 1/2” from the middle of the crotch. The back side of the clock is the middle of the crotch. The clock is just over 1 1/2” thick and 14” in diameter and the number marks are made from bird’s eye maple that was flooring from a house built in 1919. You can even see the three areas of white sapwood on the top and sides. The finish is a clear lacquer.

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 04:47 AM

May I ask what finish you used? It’s awesome!


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#2 posted 02-27-2010 04:54 AM


-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 05:05 AM

It is Deft clear gloss lacquer applied using just a foam brush. I did do a bit of wet sanding along the way.

Trees around here are good for windbreaks but if they are in the wrong place for farming then they become firewood. I try to save the pieces I can use. I have small pieces of black walnut, burr oak, red cedar, even osage orange and some Bradford pear. Salvaged quite a bit of material from an ice storm.

I got another crotch this spring and it might make 4 of these about 18” to 20” in diameter.

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 05:06 AM

Great looking clock, but you can make rolling pins or fishing lures out of the small stuff. I am sad that it ended up firewood. It should be a crime.

-- I like to turn

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 05:16 AM

I really do agree about using walnut for firewood. They have more than enough of the junk Siberian Elm all around the farm and even though it isn’t a high BTU-output wood it is readily available. Mom collects the nuts from the walnut trees so not many get cut down.

Now I have a pile of 8/4 slabs from the stump that are about 18” by 48” that may have a huge crotch in them. We will see in a year or two once it is dry enough. They include the root ball.

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#6 posted 02-27-2010 05:51 AM

Walnut burns like crud. Makes clocks:-)

My mother inlaw has some walnut cut down and scraps left. What is a best way to dry it? Just put in barn and wait?

-- William, Brighton, MI

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 05:59 AM

Looks Great

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 02-27-2010 02:42 PM

wow, what splendid wood..I’d hang it on my wall even if it didn’t tell time.

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#9 posted 02-27-2010 03:52 PM

Nice to let the wood speak for itself. Great piece.

-- Dust to more Dust -

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#10 posted 02-28-2010 10:05 PM

The wood I am drying was cut on a bandmill to about 2” thicknesses. Then I just have them piled in an old trailer out at the farm so that they are out of the weather. They are stacked flat with lathe as spacers so that they don’t warp. It should take about 2 years to dry them. Other internet sites say wood normally drys 1” per year. I have looked at them a couple of times since I stacked them and I don’t see any warping or checking yet. Maybe I’ll get lucky. Then I just need to figure out what they want to be made into.

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#11 posted 04-15-2011 04:41 AM

You ( or someone else) can make all kinds of bee-yoo-ti-full stuff from such fine material.

Please be sure to let me know if you want to sell some of this wood later, I’d enjoy making some fine woodworking pieces from this.

You could consider applying a non-checking product to the faces of your slices to increase your yield. Seriously, this is some beautiful stuff.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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