Pook's Nightmare

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Project by Pookwood posted 11-19-2011 04:35 PM 1526 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second bracket clock that I made. The clock case is made entirely out of Bubinga. I have to admit, Bubinga is a tough wood to work with. I have made a few padlocks with this wood, but not at a large scale like this clock case and what a nightmare it was. Cutting the pieces was easy, routing the pieces was a different story. I ended up dulling down some nice bits and resharpening them just to get the results I needed to finish the case. Originally the case was going to have a door on the front that swung open, but that changed when trying to drill holes to mount hinges became so frustrating that I was busting drill bits off in the wood and when I successfully did get the holes drilled, I had to worry about busting the screws off in the wood…..definitely some tough wood….I decided to make it a false door instead and still have access to the mechanics of the movement through the back of the case. It came out pretty nice, but a nightmare to build. The movement is a Seiko movement from klockit. It plays chimes in Westminster and Whittington. Kind of an eerie sounding chime, the sound is a cross between a bell, an out of tune old piano and a gong. Not what I was looking for in a chiming movement….sounds sort of spooky… it is pretty though. Thanks.

-- Wayne

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 06:47 PM

I love the sound of drills snapping off in wood, it sounds just like “Bubinga!!” Perfect.
It’s no wonder you wore out your router bits with all those profiles, but you ended up with a commanding looking piece with great colour.

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#2 posted 11-21-2011 04:34 AM

Thanks Gene….:)

-- Wayne

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#3 posted 11-21-2011 04:45 AM

Nicly Done.
I have a piece of Bubinga that is 12/4×20x84 and have not made up my mind what to use it for yet.

By the way what kind of finish works with it?

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 02:58 AM

Arlin, thank you…..All I used was semi-gloss polyurethane…I had a can of Minwax laying around and tried it and it brings out the deep color and contrast on the wood nicer than I though it would.

-- Wayne

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