Aunt and Uncle's 50th Wedding Anniversary

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Project by cowboyup3371 posted 07-24-2019 10:12 PM 723 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got the first of two clocks done for my Uncles. A couple of months ago, I thought I’d make a clock for an Uncle that I had never met as he was always at sea aboard the Navy submarine fleet attached to Norfolk VA. I had planned on seeing him over Memorial Day weekend as he lives about 6 hours away in Maryland but had to postpone that trip due to my broken leg.

I had another trip planned to ride west for my 30th High School Reunion that was canceled for the same reason. While waiting to start walking again, I discovered my other Aunt and Uncle, that I lived fairly close to for many years while growing up, would celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on the same day as my reunion. So I decided to build a clock for them as well first since I could still make that trip.

The clock frame is made of curly red oak with an oil-based New Pine stain. There is a 4” face from with an automatically updating Daylight Savings Time movement though it won’t be useful for them as they live in Arizona (I originally bought it for my other Uncle). On either side of the clock are freely rotating columns made of Walnut colored with a water-based Ebony dye. Both contain important themes from their lives that I explain below. The clock mount contains my very first attempt at chip carving using Basswood and though there are mistakes I like it. The rear door provides an adequate enclosure for the movement though I need to work on my scroll saw abilities. Finally the top has their last name surrounded by the year they got married and this year.

As I said, each column contains important themes from their lives. First, my uncle served three tours in the Air Force during Vietnam as a Corpsman. He received an early separation after almost four years in 1969 as an E3 Airman First Class (I had to confirm this as the AF changed the rank structure in 1968). Although he doesn’t like to talk about it, I am still very proud of his service and wanted to show that here. However, the biggest part of his life has been spent as a firefighter both regular duty and volunteer. Therefore, I found the general firefighter symbol to his dedication and my memories of his Santa Claus role every year at the local station.

My Aunt also served in the Air Force for four years separating in 1970 as an E4 Sergeant when she learned she was pregnant with my eldest cousin. She chose to spend the rest of her time as a Mom but loves to build puzzles and such so I chose to use a puzzle piece for her side.

I still need to do one last rub down but I wanted to get it out of the shop and over to my house.

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

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#1 posted 07-24-2019 10:38 PM

wow – great looking project !!
following your journey, I did not fully understand how the two
end panels rotated with the emblems. excellent imagination.
nicely done !!



-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#2 posted 07-24-2019 10:46 PM

Thank you. My original idea wouldn’t work because I couldn’t find nuts to hold the rod I was going to slide through the hole. I have since discovered using dowels actually works better than I originally thought they would.

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

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#3 posted 07-25-2019 01:59 AM

That is a really wonderful clock! Your Aunt and Uncle will be so very thrilled.

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#4 posted 07-25-2019 12:54 PM

Gorgeous work!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#5 posted 07-25-2019 05:21 PM

beautiful clock and thanks for explaning the theme

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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