Quickie Christmas Gifts #2 - Heart Pine Clocks

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Project by CedarFreakCarl posted 12-10-2007 03:06 AM 3257 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I was going in Woodzone one day, I noticed a bunch of clock works in the bargain pile. They weren’t but $4.50, so I picked one up figuring I’d make a clock one day soon. A couple of days later, while sitting in my shop looking at some heart pine scraps and wondering if I should put them in the wood stove or not, the idea came to me to make a clock out of some of this stuff for a Christmas gift. So…. I took a 2×6, put it on the drill press and used a circle cutter to hollow out a hole for the clock works. I then chiseled out the waste, put it on the band saw and cut it to shape and then sanded to the line with the oscillating spindle sander. Then I took a 3/8” roundover bit and rounded off the edges. Then I cut the pieces for the base and rounded them off too. I sanded all the parts to 220 grit and glued them together. A couple coats of tung oil finish and a couple more coats of poly and voila…..a clock. All this only took about 2 hours. So this weekend, I banged out 5 more. These probably only took 8 or so hours to complete to the first coat of tung oil.

What I figured to do was to give two of my cousins and my brother each one along with a fork from my great grandmother’s silverware. (That’s all that remains, 4 forks!) These are solid silver not sterling, a real rarity today. Also in the package, I’m going to put some old family pictures that I know they don’t have copies of. The clocks are made from old growth heart pine from my great grandad’s store (their great grandad too) and hopefully it’ll be something to be treasured.

These clocks really are easy to make and can be made with most any scraps laying around thy shop. Walnut burl…....ponder the possibilities.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 12-10-2007 03:22 AM

nice work, well thought out and what a connection you’ll make with your family. I’m truly inspired.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 12-10-2007 03:36 AM

Great idea Carl. I bet they’ll love the gifts.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 12-10-2007 04:14 AM

great looking clocks and the works looks pretty nice for the money as well

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#4 posted 12-10-2007 04:18 AM

Best looking pine project I’ve seen in a long time !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 12-10-2007 04:38 AM

Thanks guys! I guess this proves a blind squirrel will encounter a nut every now and then…Thanks again.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#6 posted 12-10-2007 06:33 AM

cool…what a deal…turned out great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 12-10-2007 07:06 AM

Great job on the clocks!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 12-10-2007 07:35 AM

Great Job on the clocks! That gives me an idea for next Christmas…

-- Shane, Guttenberg, Iowa

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#9 posted 12-10-2007 11:07 AM

Nice work Carl and done in the true spirit of Christmas. I bet your family will be very appreciative of you sharing the family heirlooms with them.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 12-10-2007 11:50 AM

Simple, functional, family connections, what better Christmas gift. Well done.

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#11 posted 12-10-2007 01:11 PM

Nice clocks. I’m constantly looking at my scrap pile and wondering what could be hiding there so this is an idea to keep filed away.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#12 posted 12-10-2007 05:22 PM

Carl, what a superb way to pass down family treasures. What a sweet piece to make from your great grandad’s old life! I am sure they will become family heirlooms!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#14 posted 12-10-2007 10:26 PM

What a great idea for gifts Carl. I will store that one in the memory bank (if I can remember where the memory bank is).

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 12-10-2007 10:43 PM

Nice little production run. I like doing that sometimes. Attractive clocks. They will make great gifts.

-- Happy woodworking!

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