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The Juniper Experiment

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Project by splintergroup posted 06-08-2020 01:00 PM 1094 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, if I called it a wall clock you probably would not have looked!

Cleaning some shelves I came across a few pieces of juniper firewood I had slabbed a number of years ago.
I wanted to re-saw off some slices to make a few booked matched panels for future whatevers.

The local juniper tree (really just a large shrub) is a common firewood source.

Also called a New Mexico cedar, they have lots of lateral branches which means stress, which means maybe some nice figure.

I made my own plywood, juniper, poplar, then cherry, each layer about 1/8” thick.
This tree tends to be old with tight growth rings, looks great with oil 8^)

The Frame is 6/4 cherry, stub tenon construction.

The time ticks are done with a 1.0mm rapiograph pen and india ink. I’ve had success getting crisp lines and avoiding the wood from sucking up the ink when applied over the primer. The top coat then seals it all in.

The back used plain hanging hardware and the typical electronic clock motor.

14” tall x 8.5” wide, finish is vinyl sealer/primer and pre cat lacquer on the panel and shellac for the frame. It’ll get redder once the sunlight hits it.

Thanks for looking!





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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 06-08-2020 01:05 PM

Hey, Splint, it is about time you posted another beautiful project!

-- Art

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Duff

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#2 posted 06-08-2020 01:07 PM

I’m always amazed by your work. Beautifully done!

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 06-08-2020 01:35 PM

Thanks Art & Duff!
What are you all doing up so early?


... it is about time you posted another beautiful project!

Speaking of which Art, Have you dropped the woodworking and taken up gardening?

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#4 posted 06-08-2020 02:18 PM

Beautiful work.
Love the bookfaced panel in the front with the great grain.
You are very meticulous in your work!
Jon

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#5 posted 06-08-2020 03:09 PM

That is absolutely stunning – Mother nature did it and greatly improved her handi-work

-- 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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splintergroup

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#6 posted 06-08-2020 03:35 PM

Thanks Jon!

Dick, thank you! Of course mother nature created that tree, I just cut it down, then ripped it open to vainly display its guts like a bear hide on the wall 8^)

Just kidding! I appreciate the comments.

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#7 posted 06-08-2020 04:32 PM

Splint, that bookmatch is just sick. Then you used it to the max, wonderful presentation.

“I made my own plywood, juniper, poplar, then cherry” WOW power in that.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 06-08-2020 04:50 PM

That’s a beauty, Bruce. I love that grain in the insert!!

cheers, Jim

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

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splintergroup

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#9 posted 06-08-2020 05:25 PM

Thanks Jim!
George, thanks! Actually the “plywood” is using up scraps from other re-sawing efforts. Waste not, etc. and I have a bunch of veneer glue I’d like to use up before it gets too chunky 8^)

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#10 posted 06-08-2020 06:33 PM

Bruce, I think therein lies the difference. I look at my scrap pile, and see a lot of scraps, you look, and see opportunities. :-)

8 ^)

Realistically my scrap always seems to end up in thin < 3” wide stuff, hardly plywood worthy, though easily resawable. To make it worth it for ply, I’d have to use good stock probably. At that point I’m thinking more solid wood, than ply. Though you are building stability, the one place a solid panel suffers.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 06-08-2020 06:50 PM

Indeed beautiful clock!...The wood looks fantastic!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 06-08-2020 08:44 PM

Thank you Ivan, I appreciate the comment 8^)

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#13 posted 06-08-2020 08:53 PM


Though you are building stability, the one place a solid panel suffers.

- therealSteveN

George,

I used to do all solid panels, but I quickly learned that wood can get kinda expensive and a really nice piece costs even more 8^)

The wilder the grain, the easier it will crack and warp and otherwise ruin my day. At first I’d just glue my arrangement to a piece of plywood (only on one side) and hope the frame could take out the warp that always seemed to happen for some reason…
“Real” veneer is great for these small projects. I have a huge supply of 1/4” lauan from nasty student desks bought at auction, I just run it through my drum sander to get the finish off, makes perfect cores for small stuff.

My scrap pile of scrap wood is infinite, my refusal to spend money is infinite (unless it is something cool or “hey, I needed that last year!”). You should check out my stock of measuring devices I’ve never used 8^)

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James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 06-08-2020 09:17 PM

Another great clock Splinger and nice book matching and perfect stub joinery.
You must be at some elevation for the Junipers to grow unless it’s a different species. This one is a Western Cedar.
I had a house in Big Bear City Ca. and we had masive Junipers there.
The elevation was around 7K.
They must have been a hundred years old plus.

Who’s George? I did’nt see him listed in the comments.
Is he your imaginary friend?

Is Art realy taking up gardning?

-- James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 06-08-2020 09:20 PM

Perfect textbook joints. Lovely work. The bookmatched one reminds me of a formal vest.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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