Custom wristwatch #1

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Project by Alex Lane posted 01-02-2021 05:29 PM 629 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This special little project is finally done. It’s my first ever watch case made from Hawaiian Koa and a tiny piece of curly Myrtle. I spent about 30 hours on it and enjoyed the challenge. It took a lot of my skills as a drafter and machinist to make it precisely without any help from a CNC router. I used my little laser engraving machine to put a message on the back, and I even noted what battery it takes on the inside of the cover. It’s finished with Zinsser amber shellac which really makes the figure stand out! This is being given to a dear friend who “adopted” me as his little brother since I have no siblings. We’ve been trading wristwatches with each other and I’m going to surprise him with this one. I look forward to making more like this. I hope you’re having a great day folks :)

-- Alex...builder of wooden wings for vintage sport biplanes...I'm your wingman :)

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#1 posted 01-02-2021 07:28 PM

A very nice piece.


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#2 posted 01-02-2021 07:32 PM

quite the example of imagination and skill ( and a lot of patience )

-- 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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#3 posted 01-03-2021 01:52 AM

30 hours, WOW you have the patience of Job. Nice work!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 01-03-2021 03:42 AM

thats pretty damn cool,dont think ive seen a wooden watch posted here before.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 01-03-2021 10:59 AM

That is very cool!

I have not seen anything like it.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 01-20-2021 02:04 PM

Did you track those 30 hours on the watch?


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 01-20-2021 09:36 PM

It was an educated guess based on about 4 hours design time sketching (more like drafting) in a notebook, and then doing a 3 hour redesign when my intended watch movement bought the farm… plus about 3 evenings in the shop at 5 or 6 hours each, drilling precise holes, freehand routing features, setting up and running the laser engraver, sanding, finishing, and final assembly. There was also the time spent researching and sourcing the hardware I wanted to use. I’m sure future watches will go a bit faster. There are other handmade wooden watches out there that claim up to 85 hours each! ;) Check out the Mistura Watch Company

-- Alex...builder of wooden wings for vintage sport biplanes...I'm your wingman :)

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