art deco clock for artsy daughter

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Project by 870pilot posted 03-11-2011 10:36 PM 4312 views 22 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first real LJ project, the first submission, a simple shadowbox for classic wood tools. Using some LJ mojo-inspiration and a pattern, I came up with this art deco style clock, the body and base in black walnut and the wings in padauk. This is the first ever working with anything except pine, so it was an education.

I chose the padauk first because the daughter of mine is artsy and colorful and second because it almost matches the clock insert color exactly. I deviated from the plan as it called for routing a channel for the wings in the body. I tried. I failed. I have to get up to speed with the router, tho I was happy with routing the base with the round-over bit.

So I made a new walnut body and attached the wings with micro pocket joinery. Small clock, large amount of skill building for this noob. I finished it with a coat of Watco natural and used my homemade Beall-esque buffing system made up from a $5 motor scrounged at the recycling center to finish it off.

Thanks to all the Jocks (and a shout out to ANDY and BLOCKHEAD, their stuff most fits my aspirations for both project choice and craftsmanship) thus, I’ve been filling up my favorite folder with ideas for the future. Love clocks, love chillin in the garage with my humble tools making things to give and keep.


-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 10:40 PM

That turned out really nice. Great choice on the woods. Fantastic.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 11:16 PM

Yes, I like this, good post. This is all your own.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 11:20 PM

Gorgeous clock ….where did you find the timepiece ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 11:21 PM

That’s a beautiful clock. I would love to build one like it. Can you tell me where you got the clock parts for it. I can’t seem to find anything that looks that good. They are all white faced with gold bezels.

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 11:32 PM

Beautiful wood, wonderful project. Great job

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#6 posted 03-12-2011 12:29 AM

VERY nice! Looking forward to seeing many, many more projects coming off your workbench in the future. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 03-12-2011 01:12 AM

Hey guys, thanks for the encouraging words. I know what you guys mean about “vanilla” clockfaces as I like mine more colorful. These clock fitups are found at Klockit and are reasonably priced.

Caution tho, they say that a 2 1/4 forstner bit is required, which I purchased form another source. When I went to fit the clock, I found that 2 1/4 was too small and I had to use a sanding drum on a drill press to enlarge the opening in the walnut a wee bit. Hmmmm…

-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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#8 posted 03-12-2011 01:49 AM

Beautiful clock.
Nice choice of woods.
They look great together with that clock face.
It’s in my favourites now, and I’m going to copy this exactly.
Also, thanks for the clock insert link.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 02:43 AM

cranes, if imitation is flattery, exact imitation sincere flattery-ation… flattulation, whatever :)

-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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#10 posted 03-12-2011 03:09 AM

Ya, I’m just full of flatulence. Wait! What?
I’m actually making a clock for my father right now, but with boring old Lee Valley clock inserts.
I really am going to copy this.
Where did you get the plans?
Or can you tell me your dimensions?

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#11 posted 03-12-2011 03:42 AM

That looks great! She’ll be excited about it I’m sure.

Nice work Dad!

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#12 posted 03-12-2011 03:56 AM

Son, grammy’s new hardwood floor and the coat rack, make you an awesome lumberjock too!

crane “flatulance” pm me with your snailmail, ill hook you up


-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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#13 posted 03-12-2011 09:34 AM

Great clock the insert is perfect for it.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#14 posted 03-12-2011 04:41 PM

sweet looking clock and great choice of woods

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#15 posted 03-12-2011 05:33 PM

Good looking project Don. The colors look great together too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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