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Project by VanDesignWoodworkin posted 12-08-2021 08:34 PM 500 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m sure I’m going to get to the point that nobody is even going to click on these things. But, for now, the form of this clock still intrigues me. The design is pretty similar to past designs, except my wife asked if there was a way to get space all around the inner frame… so I obliged her. I’m pretty pleased with the results.

The clock face and its right and left flank are wild cherry gall. The little burl accent pieces around the main frame are… well, some kind of burl.

I can certainly see doing something similar to this again.

But then, I’m finding that the possibilities, even within the fixed structure of this 12 by 6 frame, are pretty endless.

The experience reminds me a bit of what I tell my screenwriting students. They are often surprised that there is a pretty rigid formula to writing a feature-length movie. About 10 minutes into the movie, this should happen. About 25 to 30 minutes into the movie, something like this should happen. Don’t forget your midpoint, plot point II, etc etc.

They often perceive that it’s very formulaic. I explain, “Yes, there’s a formula. There are rules. That doesn’t make the process formulaic.” That, I say to them, is like saying tennis is formulaic because it’s a pretty simple game. But then, even within the confines of tennis’ limited court, strict scoring, and fixed rules, no two tennis games are ever the same. Just because you’ve seen one doesn’t mean you’ve seen them all.

I guess I feel the same about the possibilities of this clock design… and so back to the garage I go to begin another frame. Although, I’m playing with the idea of turning one vertical and seeing if perhaps that’s the way toward developing a wall clock in this design. I’m just uncertain if a wall clock shouldn’t be slightly bigger… like 14 by 8.

Opinions welcome!

-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 12-08-2021 09:19 PM

That design is really working…Still looks good in it’s variations…I still have trouble with the black hands…Hard to see at times…Just my opinion…Cool man…

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

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#2 posted 12-08-2021 09:33 PM

Thanks, man! I think the hands are hard to see in these pics because they are stacked up at 3:15!

That design is really working…Still looks good in it s variations…I still have trouble with the black hands…Hard to see at times…Just my opinion…Cool man…

- mtnwild


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 12-08-2021 09:55 PM

OK – this might be my favorite of the several you’ve shown us thus far and for this reason:

I really like the way you have the live edge top and bottom as opposed to on the sides. AND the way you squared off the end of the sides and carried the live edge to to outside all the while maintaining a symetrical rectangular deign for the whole face of the clock

I hope I made sense with my description – if I didn’t – well take this darn nice clock

-- 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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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#4 posted 12-08-2021 10:12 PM

You did make sense! And thank you much.


OK – this might be my favorite of the several you ve shown us thus far and for this reason:

I really like the way you have the live edge top and bottom as opposed to on the sides. AND the way you squared off the end of the sides and carried the live edge to to outside all the while maintaining a symetrical rectangular deign for the whole face of the clock

I hope I made sense with my description – if I didn t – well take this darn nice clock

- recycle1943


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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pottz

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#5 posted 12-09-2021 12:27 AM

i agree with dick,this is my fav so far too.

-- 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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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#6 posted 12-09-2021 12:33 AM

Good to hear… I actually just started another frame this evening to see if I can reproduce this one. I’m going to make one addition and then swap the color scheme, but overall I just want to see if I can make this one again.

Thanks!


i agree with dick,this is my fav so far too.

- pottz


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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swirt

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#7 posted 12-09-2021 01:02 AM

Keep them coming. These are all great.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#8 posted 12-09-2021 01:08 AM

Thanks, Swirt… means a lot!


Keep them coming. These are all great.

- swirt


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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Eric

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#9 posted 12-09-2021 01:48 AM

Keep up the good work Van, it looks like you have found a calling. These burls look great on the clock faces.

As for a wall clock, I would not think you would want to go much larger than what you have been doing with the mantel clocks.

-- Eric, building the dream

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#10 posted 12-09-2021 01:52 AM

Thanks, Eric!

So, I think I will try a wall clock in this same frame with similar design aesthetic and see what happens!

Have one more mantel clock to finish first.


Keep up the good work Van, it looks like you have found a calling. These burls look great on the clock faces.

As for a wall clock, I would not think you would want to go much larger than what you have been doing with the mantel clocks.

- Eric


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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