Another Dancing Clock

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Project by lew posted 06-11-2010 05:30 PM 6976 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The other day, CarlR posted the dancing clock from Wood Magazine.

I had ordered the parts to make one for the little girl who lives next door. When the parts arrived, they included information about another version, of the clock, which was shaped like a little girl. Back to the drawing board! It was pretty easy to modify the plans from the magazine to match the information from the clock kit.

This clock is made from pine scraps I had lying around. The back is made form a piece of lauan. I intentionally didn’t use a sealer on the pine before I stained it. I wanted the end grain and edges to pick up some more color to provide an additional visual effect . The stain is Minwax Golden Oak and finished off with three coats of water based poly.

The only thing I had difficulty with was the pendulum swing. I may have modified the pattern a little too much during the transition. It seems I ended up with the clock sitting slightly off center so that the pendulum swing wasn’t quite centered in the opening. This was remedied by slightly rotating the clock motor to “limit” the arc of the swing.

Mimi said we will give it to her at Christmas—I don’t know if I can wait that long!!

Thanks for looking and, as always, comments and suggestions are certainly welcome.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 05:32 PM

Looks like a fun build


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#2 posted 06-11-2010 05:39 PM

I have too many other projects going on right now to do this one yet, but that issue of Wood Magazine is open to the page with this clock project. I like doing clocks, and this one looks like a LOT of fun…

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 05:50 PM

Lew, Thanks for posting I had not seen this yet but like it. May have to add it to my ever growing to do list.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 06:11 PM

That’ll be one happy little girl. Well done.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#5 posted 06-11-2010 06:21 PM

Nice clock. I’m with you I couldn’t wait till Christmas. There has to be another reason to give it to her now…....Schloemoe

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 06:38 PM

Very cute clock. And I would assume it was fun to build. The average little girl, including my grand children, would love it.

Yesterday I fixed a vacuum cleaner for my handicapped step daughter, Mychelle. She is 30, but is a perpetual mental 8 year old, who can’t read. She is very obsessive-compulsive, and if something has blemishes or problems she tends to throw it out. She also likes to clean, so needs the vacuum. In fact, we gave her this vaccum for a Christmas present, and she was delighted. Don’t think that vacuum cleaners are your average gift item.

So the vacuum, with a broken prong to hold an attachment, needed to be functional. So I replaced the plastic piece with a piece of galvanized steel that had adequate spring characteristics to help hold the tool in place. It will probably outlast the life of the machine.

Moral of story, gifts are very individual to the recipient of the gift. She will be very happy her vacuum was repaired.

She has an obsession with watches, digital ones. Has difficultly with reading analog clocks. If I were to build a clock for Mychelle, it would have to be digital one. So, now you have me thinking. She also has a cat, and so we tend to give her things with cats in them. I bet she would like a digital clock imbedded in a cat as the background. Hmmm. That may be not a bad idea. That would be the cat’s meow….......(-:

Cross checked this with Sherie just now, and she said it would be perfect.

So now I know what I can give her for Christmas. Thanks for the post, got me a great idea for a project.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 07:08 PM

Very nice, it is on my list to do. Great job.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#8 posted 06-11-2010 07:08 PM

great clock i like it

-- robert dignam

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#9 posted 06-11-2010 07:16 PM

I love it
Think I’ll make one for the granddaughter
thanks for posting

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#10 posted 06-11-2010 07:51 PM

I love It
NIcely done

A very good Clock for anybody

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#11 posted 06-11-2010 08:12 PM

That’s really cute and a wonderful gift! I’m sure she’ll cherish this for years and thick of you everytime she looks at it.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 06-11-2010 09:30 PM

You know Lew, I like it a lot, but tell Mimi that I agree with Autumn, give it to her now.

Share the joy now in a wonderful way and make it Christmas all year round.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#13 posted 06-11-2010 10:49 PM

I have never seen such an expressive clock… I agree with the above … do it now… when she is least expecting it…

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#14 posted 06-11-2010 11:00 PM

Lew. A fantastic build. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 06-11-2010 11:30 PM


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