Cut off-- scrap wood clock

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Project by Dustygreg posted 07-14-2018 03:55 PM 963 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In an effort to utilize what would have wound up in the scrap wood pile I inlayed an image using scrap maple into the cherry cut off using a CNC machine. The CNC also was used to cut the hole for the clock insert. I find I can tweek the hole size for the clock and get a better fit using the CNC machine than when I use to use larger diameter Forstner bits. The process for the inlay is simple. I search for silhouette images on the internet. I do my best to verify the images are in the public domain or I pay the license fee to use the image. The image is imported into V Carve Desktop 9.0 and the program calculates the toolpaths for both parts. I saved several pieces like this when recently planning rough sawn stock. I used to only buy board run so I commonly was dealing with cutting around all the imperfections. I also had the unfortunate experience of carpenter ants taking up residence in wood shed so now I’m entertaining how to utilize that stock as well.
The second clock is oak with ash for the inlay.

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#1 posted 07-15-2018 01:04 PM

This is a very nice and creative clock!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 07-15-2018 03:45 PM

Nice work, I’m always working with wood like this but I’m always on the look out for it and don’t have work that generates such lovely off cuts I like the inlays idea I have been using a scroll saw and cutting shaped into the wood itself or relief shaping it they do make lovely clocks your right about the forstner bits the bit manufacturers and clock makers should get together do it’s possible to get the right size bit!
Thanks again for sharing lovely work

-- MJ. Scotland

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#3 posted 07-15-2018 09:37 PM

Love the inlay and these projects are so great to make

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 07-16-2018 11:13 AM

This is very nice work, and thanks for the inspiration.

-- andrek

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#5 posted 07-16-2018 06:16 PM

Now that’s a timely cut off, nice out of the box thinking!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#6 posted 09-11-2018 03:50 PM

Awesome job.

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