Clocks with crotch wood

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Project by ChrisMc45 posted 07-21-2021 08:04 PM 417 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a year back I posted a forum question about what to make with some interesting grained wooden blanks from the firewood pile. I wound up making a slew of clocks as gifts to the family. Almost all my projects have a lot of straight lines, almost exclusively. For this project I intentionally and consciously avoided using a straight edge at all. All measurements by eye, all curves formed on the fly. A few other personal firsts>

1) I got the quartz movements from Amazon, I chose the kind that have no “ticking”, just smooth rotation of the second hand.
2) I don’t have access to a wide jointer, so I got the first face flat by running through the planer on a sled. I got a grid of ~200+ screws to support the odd board and tweaked 8-12 screws until it felt stable. Once one side was a single flat geometry I could plane to thickness as usual. Surprisingly, almost no tear-out even on the highly figured wood!
3) I finished them with aniline dye from Keda Dye. I tried all the colors full strength using the 1/8-teaspoon measure from the kitchen (don’t tell SWIMBO!). The feet are some kind of southeast Asian furniture feet, I reckon a rubber tree just due to originating from Malaysia. The clockface I think was a sweet gum tree.
4) The “turquoise” dots came from a luthier supplier, never used one of those before. I inlaid the dots, oh what a pain to get the little 2mm ones not cockeyed. They are some synthetic mineral, not plastic, still a fun challenge to insert them.

Overall the family was happy, and I donated the last one to an auction for Charlotte’s Race for the Cure. Got a cool Benjamin! It was a good use of the scrapwood.

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#1 posted 07-21-2021 08:09 PM

Nice work! The coloring of the slabs is tastefully done and having the various inlays adds some eye candy.

Certainly not for homes with cats or small children 8^) When making clocks I always fret over keeping the fragile hands protected.

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#2 posted 07-21-2021 09:36 PM

Nice clocks. Please post a link to the movements you got at Amazoo. No tick sounds delightful.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 07-21-2021 09:49 PM

The figured wood is beautiful, but I’d suggest white or brass hands on the clocks for visibility.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#4 posted 07-22-2021 12:11 AM

those clocks rock man,love how you made the stands for em.i wouldn’t change a thing.

-- 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 07-23-2021 01:38 AM

They all look great. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 07-25-2021 02:32 AM

Very creative…Way to showcase that wood…Great stand design…Beautiful…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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