A gift for dad

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Project by JimmyJack posted 06-25-2010 02:15 AM 2149 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know how well you can see this block of wood. It is cedar, about 9” long x 6 1/2” wide x about 5 1/2” high. The story is, I found this piece of wood on a table in my dad’s garage. It was on a home made table saw that my grandpa had made. My grandpa made the cuts in this wood himself so they are pushing 30 years old. I want to use this for a gift for my dad. I was wondering if this wood was speaking to anyone out there telling you what it wants to be when it grows up. My wife and I have batted around the idea of making a desk clock out of it. what do you think? I don’t have a way to turn it so all of you turners out there will have to suppress your first instinct to turn stuff. lol

-- Jim -- Louisville, KY

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#1 posted 06-25-2010 02:49 AM

You could resaw it and make a box out of it. I would leave it whole and rout a whole and insert a clock from the front. What ever you make out it, it will very special.

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 02:54 AM

How about a bandsaw box? You could leave the form and cut out a few drawers.

-- Kate,

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 04:05 AM

Maybe we got too much rain, or was the heat but picture 4 looks like a horses head! HUmmm!! It’s a gorgeous
piece of wood!

Bob G.

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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#4 posted 06-25-2010 10:10 AM

There appears to be a natural split along the front (well I will call it the front. Picture 4)
You could use that to make a very well forming front to a sliding draw going under the main body of the wood. minimal damage to a wonderful looking piece of wood. Maybe carve a small animal to sit at the front as a handle.

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#5 posted 06-25-2010 10:57 AM

why dont you just tur….oh yeah…thats right…. ;)

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#6 posted 06-25-2010 01:32 PM

If you can create a nice flat surface (perhaps at an angle to how it sets on the table) I would insert a clock face and one (or more) picture holders like these -

You could display a picture of your grandfather.

These picture inserts are available in different sizes.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 06-25-2010 06:29 PM

One more vote for the clock idea. For something with sentimental value like that, I’m a fan of leaving the piece as close to the way he left it as possible. I’d put a simple, classy clock face in it and leave it.

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#8 posted 06-25-2010 08:13 PM

would you not even finish it with something? I was thinking of a clear poly or something to make it shine.

-- Jim -- Louisville, KY

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#9 posted 06-26-2010 03:34 AM

That’s a nice piece o wood dude! I agree that a clock would be a nice gift for your dad. Then he could look at the clock and remember that it’s time to get back into the shop and create something;-)
Kinda looks like a hambone so maybe a piggy or bacon clock LOL
I think whatever you decide, your dad will really love it. Good luck and keep us posted.

-- Beer is the reason I exist on this earth, that and my family! (Aurora, IL) my blog:

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#10 posted 06-26-2010 11:08 PM

Ok…here’s the plan. If you’re looking at the first picture, I am going to cut the right side about where the 8” mark is. Then cut the left side at about the 2 1/2” mark. Then if you look at the 3rd picture, I am going to cut the back at about the 3 1/2” mark. The sixth picture is what I am going to call the front. I am going to cut the front face at a 15 degree angle from the bottom to just in front of the knot on the top. Then I’ll rout a whole in the face for a clock, rub some cedar oil on it and put the clock in. That will clean up the cuts and make it small enough for a desktop. Total dimensions will be about 5 1/2” x 3 1/2” x 5 1/2” high. I’ll show you the pictures when it’s done. Thanks for reading.

-- Jim -- Louisville, KY

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#11 posted 06-25-2011 12:16 AM

I’m just now lookin at this.. yup, i’m slow, but, whatever has become of this? It is an awesome chunk.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 06-25-2011 12:38 AM

It ended up being a clock…I didn’t get a picture of it though. I gave it to him for christmas so I’m slow too. He recognized it right away. it was cool

-- Jim -- Louisville, KY

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#13 posted 06-25-2011 01:49 AM

That was a great memory you captured there…
Time captured within the rolls and burls of a piece bound by time and memories, itself.
Really would like to see the finished piece.
I’ll bet that it is awesome.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#14 posted 04-23-2014 07:25 PM

just high gloss finish & tell him its from his dad

-- Dan

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