Dragon Claw clock

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Project by OG51 posted 04-12-2018 08:25 PM 891 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started as a joke. My wife keeps telling me I make weird patterns for my cnc machine so thought a dragon claw holding the face of the clock would be cool and my wife would hate it. Joke on me. She thought it was cooler that sliced bread. So did a quick mock up in 3d and then started slapping boards together with the odds and ends I had left over from some other projects. No plans, just a rough rendered picture.

Constructed in Mahogany, black walnut edge accent, and oak lathe turned spindles. The claw is the only thing that is cnc carved. Finished in tung oil.

I used an electronic quartz clock mechanism that is loud. I love it. I have it set on Westminster and it echos through the house.

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#1 posted 04-12-2018 09:29 PM

A very neat clock.

Many times “no=plans” works the best anyway!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 04-13-2018 12:46 AM

ralbuck,thanks. It was a fun little project.

The pictures don’t do the wood justice. The Mahogany really is the center piece of the project. I love the first application of oil and the figure of the wood magically appears.

You are right about “no plans” but I tend to get a lot of firewood that way as well. :)

It is fun though.

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#3 posted 04-13-2018 09:38 PM

Great work! This is truly an original. .

-- James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 04-13-2018 09:42 PM

One more thing. Where did you get the face and movement?

-- James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 04-14-2018 12:55 AM

James, thank you.

I got the clock mechanism from klockit website (Tubular Quad Chime Quartz Clock Movement). They are pricey but I like them and so far its the loudest one I have tried. I used one on the pendulum wall clock as well. They are way cheaper than mechanical movements.

I got really lucky on the clock face. It was an ebay buy for new “old” faces. They are metal faces from a clock shop that closed if I remember correctly. They were originally being sold in the 80’s and then in storage, but classics are classics. So as soon as I saw them I scooped them up as quickly as I could. I’ll just say that they were a bargain. :)

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#6 posted 04-14-2018 11:42 AM

It’s one of a kind. Like it!

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#7 posted 04-14-2018 05:26 PM

ArthurS, yes it is. lol. I really need to start building plans again.

This is what I started with. As you can see I deviated quite a bit from the picture based on the lumber I had at hand. Again on the fly with no real measurements. The turnings I also did on the fly on what I thought was nice. I made the small center base pedestal piece larger to hide the speaker. It would have looked better short but I literally had no where to hide the 3 in speaker. So quick design change again.

Luck has a small part to play in my woodworking. :)

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