Time Flies Clock

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-02-2017 11:49 PM 1898 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a live edge mesquite clock made from a slab from John Goodwin at the Dead Tree Salvage in Casa Grande, Az. In keeping with the theme, instead of numerals, it has flies ( from 1 to 12) . The lettering and flies were cut on a CNC router by Randy Smith, the shop teacher at East Kentwood high School. The lettering and the flies are filled with Jet inlay and CA glue.

The clock movement is an atomic clock that gets its signal from Colorado. I had some double AA cell cases from another project so I added more battery life by adding on 2 extra batteries in addition to the one in the movement ( I had to modify the case so the batteries are in parallel and not series). I won’t add the batteries until we are ready to set the clock in motion. The hands have to be reset to 12 o’clock when it starts so it knows where they are when it is set remotely.

It is 13” x 15 “and finished at 1 1/4” thick and is finished with satin Poly. This is a Christmas present done a bit early!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-03-2017 12:20 AM

Nice work on the clock Jim. Be careful the flies don’t fly away. Then you will be lost in time.
Nice piece of wood with the limited cracks.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 10-03-2017 12:48 AM

Cool Idea, Jim!

My 7th grade art teacher, a farmer’s wife, said the only thing I could draw was flies!

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

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#3 posted 10-03-2017 12:57 AM

You learn something new every day! I never knew it took 78 flies to make a “Time Flies Clock”. LOL!
Nice work Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 10-03-2017 01:03 AM

Nice clock!

For those that are familiar with Binary, this would also work:
0001, 0010, 0011, 0100, 0101, 0110, 0111, 1000, 1001, 1010, 1011, 1100


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 10-03-2017 01:20 AM

Clever Jim, very clever :)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 10-03-2017 01:42 AM

Very nice Jim. Time flies out here, just went to daylight saving.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 10-03-2017 02:01 AM

Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 10-03-2017 02:45 AM

you think of everything! that is one beautiful piece of work. completely different

-- wiser1934, new york

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#9 posted 10-03-2017 04:43 AM

Punny, Jim! Nice looking slab, too.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 10-03-2017 10:57 AM

nice idea,Jim
I like it

-- bambi

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#11 posted 10-03-2017 11:34 AM

Gone are the days of the Tick Tock Clock. We have truly entered the Atomic Age, when clocks don’t tick. maybe they will add sound like they do to electric cars so blind people can here them coming. nice work, I know i touched it. Oh no was it radio active.. Arrived in Florida yesterday.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 10-03-2017 12:47 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments.

Hi Joe, maybe a binary clock will be next for computer geeks!!

Hi Bob, this movement has a switch for daylight savings time so it knows if your area goes with it or not. Some places don’t change here in the States

Hi Brian. That would be cool to get a buzzing sound added to each hour. Until I got used to it, I’d be grabbing for the fly swatter!!!!!!! Have a safe trip home!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 10-03-2017 01:12 PM

I love this rustic clock and the design is very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 10-03-2017 01:13 PM

Jim, most unusual project…...What a great idea of implementing the hours…very effective. It is quite surprising how easy it is to read the hours without having to count the dots. It is a bit like watching a foreign language film. After a while the sub titles are not noticed but we fully understand what they are saying.

Beautiful wood too. I think Mesquite and Box Elder are becoming my favourite woods.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#15 posted 10-03-2017 01:23 PM

Cool Jim But I think the anti-fly defamation league may be calling you,for abuse of there image :)


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