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Project by VanDesignWoodworkin posted 01-24-2022 01:29 PM 618 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Those cut off pieces of ambrosia maple were calling to me, and that calling was only magnified when weather delayed my wife’s arrival home from NY from Thursday to Sunday.

(She LOVED our new coffee table by the way.)

So, this was a brand new design, and I’m starting to guess that each of my clocks will be a little different from each other. I don’t want to turn the clock making into factory work, so it felt good to take a break from fly fishing clocks and instead get an idea and say, “let’s see where this goes.”

This is a 10” x 12” frame. I had fun on the top and bottom cutting up pieces, staining them, and then gluing them back together.

I pulled off a little trickery in this one that I wonder if anyone will catch… it’s a cheat of sorts, I guess.

I also ordered some new clock movements with different hands, and I was itching to try them. As I’ve done before, I spray painted the second hand red.

Thanks for looking!

-- "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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#1 posted 01-24-2022 01:42 PM

I pulled off a little trickery in this one that I wonder if anyone will catch… it’s a cheat of sorts, I guess.

If you’re talking about the 3D effect on the corners, that was the first thing I saw. In the pictures it makes the miter kinda funky but real life it probably shows better
optical illusions abound in this one – good job

-- 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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#2 posted 01-24-2022 01:57 PM

Thanks, Dick! Well, absolutely the 3D thing is new. I’d never put the ambrosia maple boards flat against the pine boards before (they are usually overlapped in those square on square clocks)... so this was the first time I realized they were significantly different in thickness. I like how the effect looked.

It wasn’t the trickery, but I’m glad the trickery isn’t too easily spotted!

I pulled off a little trickery in this one that I wonder if anyone will catch… it’s a cheat of sorts, I guess.

If you re talking about the 3D effect on the corners, that was the first thing I saw. In the pictures it makes the miter kinda funky but real life it probably shows better
optical illusions abound in this one – good job

- 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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#3 posted 01-24-2022 02:10 PM

What kind of finish did you use on that ambrosia? Looks really good.

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#4 posted 01-24-2022 02:29 PM

Thank you! I brush on wipe-on poly using a foam brush. For the non-ambrosia pieces I was using a satin wipe-on poly and for the ambrosia pieces I was using a gloss wipe-on poly.

However, I was pouring a little of each into a plastic lid from our recycling bin… so I suppose the poly because a satin-gloss poly over time.

Perhaps the accidental mixing made the difference!


What kind of finish did you use on that ambrosia? Looks really good.

- bp2878


-- "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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#5 posted 01-24-2022 02:47 PM

cool look van,you got a nice variety of clocks to choose from now.

-- 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 01-24-2022 02:49 PM

Thanks, Pottz!


cool look van,you got a nice variety of clocks to choose from now.

- 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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#7 posted 01-24-2022 04:00 PM

Love that table!

That’s not a cheat, that’s a design element. Looks good. Like it!

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

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#8 posted 01-24-2022 10:13 PM

Thanks, Jack!

Love that table! That s not a cheat, that s a design element. Looks good. Like it!

- 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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#9 posted 01-25-2022 12:32 AM

The 3D effect in the corners looks good. Yes, you are acquiring a number of styles in you clocks, great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#10 posted 01-25-2022 12:45 AM

My trickery was in the 4th picture in my project gallery. The two grain patterns closest to the clock face aren’t actually grain. I didn’t like the limited grain pattern, so using pencil, pen, and touch-up markers, I added two grain patterns to fill out that side, otherwise it would have just been the one long grain pattern running down that outside edge.

-- "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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#11 posted 01-25-2022 02:45 AM

Very cleaver…Can’t even tell. Even when you know…That was a good idea. Really balances the pattern. Good eye for design.
Cool man…

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

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#12 posted 01-25-2022 03:28 AM

I like the look of the sides of the frame being less thick than the top and bottom. The patterns in the top and bottom are cool, but the competition with the ambrosia maple makes it a little busy. I love that you keep experimenting with variations. They are a lot of fun to watch.

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

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