Veneer experiment wall clocks.

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Project by splintergroup posted 05-18-2018 05:35 PM 2216 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing special here, I had recently received a marquetry veneer assortment that is on sale from veneerSupply

While working on several larger projects, I had some time while glue or finish was drying and was eager to use these veneers on something.

My mind immediately thought of wall clocks. These seem to sell well and are quick to build. I still have a healthy supply of clock parts so “what the ‘ell eh?” 8^)

Birch faced clock

About 11”h x 7”w x 2” deep. Glass covered face.

(ignore the slight glass reflection next to the hour mark, I hate photographing reflective surfaces…)

The lead picture is Karelian Birch and a rectangular frame of Jatoba. I was a bit careless in laying out and trimming the veneer so the seams were a tad off center. The finish (BLO) also highlighted the rough edges at the seams that I had forgotten to refine. Oh well, it’s just a test right?

The rectangular frame prompted an oval clock hour pattern using 1/4” and 3/8” copper rod. It’s lacking the contrast with the background I had planned on (due to the ambering of the oil), but eventually will improve as the copper patinas.

The frame joints are chamfered fingers pinned with 1” copper rivets through both sides. Finish is rattle can shellac.

I really like the look of this veneer and the kit came with a nice stack from a flitch.

Macassar ebony clock
10” h/w x 2” deep.

Two pieces from a flitch stack are displayed book matched for this clock face. What I did different was to create a starburst pattern with poplar for the major hours and Russian olive for the rest (great way to use up small scraps in the “burn” bucket). I’ve always been impressed with how clean my Freud box joint blade set will cut a veneered surface at various angles.

The center square is walnut to match the walnut frame, finger jointed and pinned like the other clock.

I really like the contents of this veneer assortment, I see some cool possibilities for future clocks and boxes 8^)

Anyway, just some farting around projects, thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 05-18-2018 05:48 PM

The birch veneer is great! Nice joinery, too.

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#2 posted 05-18-2018 06:16 PM

A very nice looking clock!

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#3 posted 05-18-2018 06:20 PM

These are really beautiful, I really like the frames.

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#4 posted 05-18-2018 07:32 PM

Thanks guys!

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#5 posted 05-18-2018 09:26 PM

Very tasty, Splint! Its about time you posted a new clock project. ha

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#6 posted 05-18-2018 09:42 PM

Thanks as always Art!

I needed to amp up LJ’s recent lack of clocks 8^)

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#7 posted 05-18-2018 09:44 PM

Beautiful clocks!!


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#8 posted 05-18-2018 10:39 PM

Very nice clocks! Where do you get the hardware you use for your clocks?

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#9 posted 05-19-2018 02:21 AM

These are great. Thanks for sharing the background and process.

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#10 posted 05-19-2018 08:17 AM

Actually it is pretty nice

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#11 posted 05-19-2018 08:27 AM

Kind of inspiring actually

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#12 posted 05-19-2018 10:56 AM

Absolutely stunned by that Karelian Birch piece. I had seen it as a wood online a number of times, but this is the first time I’ve seen it in a project.

Really nice job there. Thanks for posting.

Karelian Birch info The description puts it right in Baltic Birch land.

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#13 posted 05-19-2018 12:33 PM

More great looking clocks. The first one is more to my liking as it has more of a Craftsman look. The second one has a distinctly mid century modern feel to me.

I wonder what the first one would look like with dark wood plugs at the hour marks rather than light ones?

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#14 posted 05-19-2018 12:51 PM

Nice design and joinery. And yes, veneer is real wood!

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#15 posted 05-19-2018 01:16 PM

Very nice clocks! Where do you get the hardware you use for your clocks?

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Klockkit is a good source for inexpensive stuff. Wait a few weeks and they always seem to have 20% off or free shipping.

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