Gaggle of Clocks

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Project by splintergroup posted 06-18-2019 07:10 PM 799 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I refer to these as “ships wheel” clocks given their vague similarity to an old helm wheel on a ship (and since both are round and often made from wood, ...8^)

I had cut up a bunch of reclaimed red oak to make circular frames for some of SWMBO’s fused glass sun catchers. There were plenty of extra pieces sitting in a box on the shelf for a number of years so I decided to do something with them.
These rings consist of two actual rings face joined together with the seams overlapped for strength. Each ring uses eight wedges and produces a ring of about 10” O.D. The ring assembly is mounted to a circle jig I made for my router table which cuts the inner and outer edges and cuts a rabbeted recess for the face panel.
Now-a-days when I make rings this way I prefer to have the grain running radially. Looks better (IMO) and has a much lower tendency to chip out while routing. The drawback is a lot of end grain to sand.

Anyways, aside from frames there is not much I can think of to build from these, except perhaps clocks!

I have a bunch of veneer scraps lying around and plenty of clock motors, so why not?

The first unit was made with an extra assembled frame that has the grain aligned radially the way I prefer.

I tried a version of walnut hour markers I had been thinking about. They wrap around to the back to space the ring away from the wall. Since the clock motors extend past the back by about 1/8”, this keeps everything hanging flat.

The center is Japanese tamo ash.

Five more frames were assembled and are identical except for some differences in the hour marks and finish.

I “ebonized” one frame with iron acetate (steel wool desolved in vinegar). The remaining were dyed with “dark mission brown”. Since reclaimed oak was used, there were inconsistencies in each segments tannin content so the final color varied a bit.

Two frames used grooved 12, 3, 6, 9 o’clock hour marks filled with black enamel (fingernail polish). The other three used the same marks inlaid with jatoba (I like these best).

Random veneers, most with a danish oil finish. Some really “popped”, others are so-so. Thanks for looking!

Bermese Padauk

QS Makore

Aged birds eye maple, ebonized frame.

Marble ebony, water based poly used to keep the colors bright (oils tend to dull/blend the black and pinks)

Pommele eucalyptus (meh, kinda drab)

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#1 posted 06-18-2019 07:48 PM

Not too bad for just a gaggle of clocks. I like the wood variation and the stain choices plus the little detail changes that make each one an individual. Looks like I need to start using more veneer to get the crazy patterns that look so good.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 06-18-2019 07:56 PM

Very cool and unique clocks, Bruce!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 06-18-2019 08:09 PM

Splint, great looking clocks and I am happy to see that you have been keeping your hands ticking right along.

-- Art

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#5 posted 06-18-2019 08:14 PM

Superb craftsmanship

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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#6 posted 06-18-2019 08:34 PM

Beautiful set of clocks!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 06-18-2019 09:00 PM

Splint, great looking clocks and I am happy to see that you have been keeping your hands ticking right along.

- AandCstyle

Well Art, I just had too much time on my hands 8^)

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#8 posted 06-18-2019 09:00 PM

Thanks for the feedback people!

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#9 posted 06-18-2019 09:47 PM

Well those are all very beautiful and finely made. I think the first one is my favorite. Keep up the great work!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#10 posted 06-18-2019 10:17 PM

nice collection of clocks splinter,i think the second is my fav.i may copy you and post my own collection ive made over the years,dont really want to post individually.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#11 posted 06-18-2019 10:33 PM

Very nice looking clocks

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#12 posted 06-19-2019 01:36 AM

Very cool use of your scraps. Beautiful use of the wood grains and variety of wood. Nature beauty.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#13 posted 06-19-2019 04:03 AM

Very nice and attractive.

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#14 posted 06-19-2019 01:08 PM

Beautiful work!

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#15 posted 06-19-2019 02:44 PM

Very creative, sometimes the wood needs to contrast and not complament ?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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