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Project by VanDesignWoodworkin posted 12-28-2021 08:59 PM 537 views 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my very limited experience with woodworking, I’ve had more “happy accidents” than I have mistakes. This clock was no exception. When I went to Lowes, I had no idea that I would stumble across the interesting piece of wood that comprises the “dutch tilt” frame on the outside of the clock. When I saw it, though, an immediate idea came to mind.

That idea did not come to pass… or it almost did, but thankfully didn’t. In my mind, I was making one of my mantel clocks, not a wall clock.

So, I built one of my standard 6.5×9.5” frames. My goal was to highlight the patterns on this unique piece of wood. So, I thought I would set this frame on top of the standard frame, and then the clock face would look like it’s framed like a picture in a frame.

That all sounded good until I put the frames together all squared up. First, the frame shrank the space too much around the clock face, so the whole thing was not very aesthetically pleasing. I could barely see the bottom and top dowels that were holding the inner frame.

But, it’s what I had. I’ll just have to put this together and next time make the frames bigger, I thought. So, I set the outer frame on the main frame and went to reach for my wood glue. When I turned back toward the clock, however, I had a huge “wait a minute!” I had set the outer frame cockeyed on the main frame, and when I looked at it, I had an epiphany. I could glue it together this way.

And so… I did.

I have to say I’m pretty darn pleased with the look of this, and it might very well be a new wall clock design that I try to replicate a few times. I even thought that the burl piece I selected (actually, I think it’s a gall) fit pretty nicely into the color scheme.

We’ll see what some LJs think, but I’m liking this overall.

Yes, basement quarantine has been good to me on the woodworking front.

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 12-28-2021 09:06 PM

Well, I love the lumber, the character is just perfect for your burl design – not in love with the layout but I’m not an artist, I just make saw dust

-- 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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#2 posted 12-28-2021 09:07 PM

Yeah, I posted this knowing it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea… I appreciate you looking… and I did work hard on the miters!


Well, I love the lumber, the character is just perfect for your burl design – not in love with the layout but I m not an artist, I just make saw dust

- recycle1943


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#3 posted 12-28-2021 09:16 PM



Yeah, I posted this knowing it wouldn t be everyone s cup of tea… I appreciate you looking… and I did work hard on the miters!

Well, I love the lumber, the character is just perfect for your burl design – not in love with the layout but I m not an artist, I just make saw dust

- recycle1943

- VanDesignWoodworkin

Good Golly, don’t be disheartened because I don’t like the design – you’re doing a damn fine job and I certainly wouldn’t want to stifle your imagination. Just keep up keepin up !

btw – your miters are starting to kick a$$

-- 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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#4 posted 12-28-2021 09:17 PM

The clock is a fine “abstract” type piece. Certainly not for everyone but the style is not too flamboyant and will fit into plenty of decors. It also tracks with some of your designs with the chair parts so it isn’t out of place.

Looks like you scored some curly ambrosia maple Van!
I sometimes sift through Lowes’ stacks, overpriced for the plain stuff but on occasion one can find a fine piece which is worth the price.

keep on clocking!

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#5 posted 12-28-2021 09:18 PM

The wood grains and patterns look wonderful. Not sure about the tilted frame. It may look better if the frames were square instead of the rectangle.

For that matter maybe use triangles or other shapes.

Keep up the work.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 12-28-2021 09:24 PM

Thanks, Dick… I have grown as a result of your miter critique, so thank you!

Yeah, I posted this knowing it wouldn t be everyone s cup of tea… I appreciate you looking… and I did work hard on the miters!

Well, I love the lumber, the character is just perfect for your burl design – not in love with the layout but I m not an artist, I just make saw dust

- recycle1943

- VanDesignWoodworkin

Good Golly, don t be disheartened because I don t like the design – you re doing a damn fine job and I certainly wouldn t want to stifle your imagination. Just keep up keepin up !

btw – your miters are starting to kick a$$

- recycle1943


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#7 posted 12-28-2021 09:28 PM

Thanks, Splint. I tend to lean abstract in my thinking, so this design is in my wheelhouse.

And, I was able to get three eight-foot pieces of that wood… so more to come. The boards were $10 a piece, so not too bad at all.

The clock is a fine “abstract” type piece. Certainly not for everyone but the style is not too flamboyant and will fit into plenty of decors. It also tracks with some of your designs with the chair parts so it isn t out of place.

Looks like you scored some curly ambrosia maple Van!
I sometimes sift through Lowes stacks, overpriced for the plain stuff but on occasion one can find a fine piece which is worth the price.

keep on clocking!

- splintergroup


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#8 posted 12-28-2021 09:31 PM

That does make me think, Eric… maybe a square would be better than a rectangle if I want to do this “framed like a picture” design with the curly ambrosia maple.

Gotta give that some thought.

I’m on my second to last night in the basement, so tonight might just be some Seinfeld and a steak off the grill.


The wood grains and patterns look wonderful. Not sure about the tilted frame. It may look better if the frames were square instead of the rectangle.

For that matter maybe use triangles or other shapes.

Keep up the work.

- Eric


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#9 posted 12-28-2021 09:38 PM

interesting van,i agree if they were both square i think it works.no matter what you do someones not gonna like it,and thats fine.just keep the juices flowing.it been fun watching your style and techniques evolve and become more refined.hey you already know people will pay for your work.

-- 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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#10 posted 12-28-2021 09:43 PM

Well, that settles it… I’m going to try this with a square frame… maybe 12 by 12” to give the interior a little more space.

I have the wood for it… so I guess I can at least cut and glue the frame tonight.


interesting van,i agree if they were both square i think it works.no matter what you do someones not gonna like it,and thats fine.just keep the juices flowing.it been fun watching your style and techniques evolve and become more refined.hey you already know people will pay for your work.

- pottz


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#11 posted 12-28-2021 09:51 PM

Oh, wait… when people say try with square frames… are you still saying that I should tilt the frames?

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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Eric

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#12 posted 12-28-2021 10:05 PM

Correct Van, try it and it may be knocked out if the park.

-- Eric, building the dream

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#13 posted 12-28-2021 10:09 PM

Will have to give this a go!


Correct Van, try it and it may be knocked out if the park.

- Eric


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#14 posted 12-28-2021 10:35 PM

Boom! There it is!

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#15 posted 12-28-2021 10:43 PM

Really nice work.

-- Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.

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