Cherry Clock

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Project by tyskkvinna posted 06-25-2010 02:12 AM 2316 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a clock I finished today.. made from a piece of cherry. I had this hunk of cherry that was very non-flat, non-straight, and not-square. I planed it but left the edges rough and uneven.. carved several designs into it and cut it into pieces.

Was fairly unhappy with the cherry overall. It’s flaky.. brittle.. pale… I finished it with a mix of caranuba wax and orange oil.. which wow! and then a couple coats of lacquer. The natural edge just has this amazing feel to it.

Will be posting the other clocks over the next while, though I think I’ll be doing a bulk post here because seriously, how many clocks out of cherry do you all need to see. ;)

I’m fond of the wheat design.. I’ve never used it before though.

I put it up on my site and in my shop, so we’ll see.

The carving was done with my CNC sheet router.. before somebody asks :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 06-25-2010 02:19 AM

I will have to attempt this pattern with the TWC… see how I go…
The use of rough stock is wild…
the rough and smooth combine well…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 02:26 AM

I like this Lis nice work, a little unconvetional but I know that’s the point. Cool clock and design.

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 02:47 AM

nice mix ,

clean and contemporary ,

and rustic and haphazard .
they go well together .

-- 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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#4 posted 06-25-2010 04:11 AM

Really nice idea … offsetting the clock to the carved design. Clock hands doesnt cover the art. Lis, I suggest that if you float some of your art and design, it will be much more beautiful. What I mean… I carve letters but not so much appeal but when I carved the background it made good impressions. Thanks for the idea of offset design, I like it.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 06-25-2010 04:18 AM

I would love to see what you come up with, Larry! :)

Thanks all!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#6 posted 06-25-2010 04:29 AM

Lis, This is why I love Cherry, you never know how they come out! Each piece has their own identity and each piece never comes through looking identical even if you want it to. Does that sort of make you wish you had not cut the piece up instead of trying to put some finish on it first? Cherry always surprises me, I can put poly on and it comes out one way and then I put tung oil on it and it is a whole different piece. Try different finishes before discarding Cherry, it tends to be deceptive.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 06-25-2010 11:24 AM

I really think it looks great! I love the grain in the wood. It add so much to the design. This was a great choice, Lis.

:) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 06-25-2010 02:33 PM

Beautiful, Lis. Balanced, elegant, clean lines and crisp design, You are a true artist.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 06-25-2010 05:37 PM

Erwin – the main reason I dislike this cherry was not so much the appearance (it was so-so; the finish really made it amazing tho!) but the wood itself. It was very flaky.. peeling almost.

Thank you! :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#10 posted 06-25-2010 05:50 PM

Another interesting piece. Do you design your own vectors, or use some available online?

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#11 posted 06-26-2010 09:36 PM

That is a sweeeet clock, Lis! I like that bit of natural edge you left. It combines well with the contemporary lines. Rustslick?

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#12 posted 06-27-2010 01:58 AM

That is a great time piece. I particularly like the finish. What did you use to darken the V-carving?


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#13 posted 06-27-2010 02:11 AM

Scotty – a little bit of both. IIRC this pattern originally came from a how-to on scrollsawing . I usually have to modify things quite a bit, so it ends up a mash up.. also do my own designs but not this one.

Bill – I painted it and then sanded the surface to get rid of any excess paint. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#14 posted 06-30-2010 04:00 AM

You are a true artist. I’m not qualified to say that of course, but to me it’s perfect.

-- Scott

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#15 posted 06-30-2010 04:02 AM

very cool Lis, Cherry has a really nice warm tone, and when finished can really shine through. one of my favs.

nice touch on the natural edges!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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