From Scrap to Clock

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 06-07-2010 03:41 AM 2399 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In some of my earlier posts I talked about getting some of the scrap trim used in a local bank. they were going to toss it out because it was left over scrap. I talked them into giving it to me. Well I finally used up the last of the Cherry. The fourth picture is what the trim looked like with the stain. After resawing, edge gluing and planing to 1/4 inch I had a enough 1/4 inch cherry to make this clock. The fith picture shows a couple of the boards ready for scrolling. I plan to give the clock to the Bank as a thank you for letting me have their trash. lol :)

Sorry about the lighting in the photos. I haven’t figured out my wifes camera yet. The first picture is the closest to the actual color. The clock was finished with tung oil and three coats of lacquer.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 03:45 AM

Woodenwizard, you are definitely that – a wizard of wood! – who gets these prizes anyways?


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#2 posted 06-07-2010 03:53 AM

Very nice clock. A work impeccable.
Great project.

-- lejeune,Québec

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 03:55 AM

Woodenwizard, truly lovely work. It looks many hours do you have into this, after you had glued up your stock and actually started to make the clock?


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#4 posted 06-07-2010 04:21 AM

Wow! That’s mighty impressive.

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#5 posted 06-07-2010 04:36 AM

That is an amazing clock. You’re making me want to try some scroll work on my next project. It looks quite tedious, but well worth the effort for a product like that. Are the final cherry pieces in the scrolled sections solid stock, or several plies? If solid stock, is wood movement a problem on the thinner sections?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 06-07-2010 04:56 AM

Very Nice… Is that your own pattern design?

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#7 posted 06-07-2010 05:10 AM

Thats real nice work I’d show you mine but it’s in pile on my shop floor.ha! Just kidding….......Schloemoe

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#8 posted 06-07-2010 06:33 AM


That it a very nice clock, wonderful workmanship. That clock would look nice with a pendulum movement in it. I remember you telling me you were going to give the bank one of these. They will be great-full I am sure. Great work John.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#9 posted 06-07-2010 07:24 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments.
bobasaurus – the clock is solid stock. I have made many of these types of clocks and have had very little problem with wood movement. I say very little. I did have some issues with one clock that the front cupped which created a problem with the clock face. In that particular clock I didn’t attach the front as secure as I should have and when it cupped it pulled away from the frame, if that makes sense.

Mathew – No this is not my own design. I got it from Wildwood Designs.

Hey Max – Yes this one is going to the bank. I will put a pendulum in the clock, just didn’t have it in when I took the photos. Also I noticed in the pictures that the photos look a little blochy. In person it doesn’t have that look. It must have been the photographer.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#10 posted 06-07-2010 07:54 AM

Wow thats an amazing clock

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#11 posted 06-07-2010 09:15 AM

Wow! all that fret saw work you must have the patience of Job incredible work.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#12 posted 06-07-2010 02:06 PM

Wizard,...The great and powerful OZ would be jealous. As a fellow scroller, I can tell you that your talent is first class!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 06-07-2010 06:52 PM

That’s too nice to give to a bank. Don’t they get enough? ;) Keep it for yourself

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#14 posted 06-11-2010 10:37 PM

wow – what an awesome piece

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#15 posted 06-14-2010 02:42 AM

Nice work Wizard. I’ve seen this pattern as well, but it’s always nice to see a completed one done by such a craftsman! Keep up the good work!

-- Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. --Lao Tzu

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