Balancing Time

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Project by choppertoo posted 12-11-2011 07:34 AM 4507 views 51 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this clock from some scrap couch wood. One of my renters left behind an old couch this wood came from the frame of said couch. What can I say, I have a hard time throwing away perfectly usable wood. : )

I’ve made plenty of wine balancers but this clock design was inspired by Mike Mikutowski. I don’t think he’s an L J but he should be as he does great work. Hopefully, I changed mine enough so as not to have blatantly swiped his idea.

I completed the clock some time ago but only put a finish on it this week. Initially I was not going to finish it as I was only using scrap wood to figure out my balancing points so I could build it again with nicer wood. It sat on the shelf staring at me long enough that I decided I would try my hand at ebonizing the horizontal arm. As long as I went that far I figured I may as well do the rest of it even though the wood has staple holes in it. (From its previous life)

I just oiled the vertical arm and clock face then waxed all of it. The clock face hangs from the horizontal arm by brass pins.

As I loaded up the photos I noticed an older shot I took with another project, my kerf maker. So this was actually the first kerfs I cut using that project.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 07:45 AM

Out standing…meaning it stands out from the regular time pieces…

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 09:12 AM

Very nicely done, and very unusual. Actually, I think you just gave me a gift idea—I hope you don’t mind me stealing it…. :)

And a good use for that kerfmaker, BTW!

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 10:08 AM

A beautiful piece, choppertoo! Reading the first sentence, I immediately began wondering… ‘what is couch wood?’
Then you answered! Ha Ha Ha I too have used old ’couch wood’ for a few projects.

Design wise, I personally think the edge of the wood (nearest the base) that the clock face is mounted onto would probably speak better by paralleling the vertical base (couch wood) piece on that same side and sweeping outward with the longer side on the opposing side, maintaining the same scalene triangle though, as those proportions seem to work really well.

I think this would increase the visual harmony of the piece!

All in all, though! I very beautiful piece. Good job and thanks for posting.

P.S….. After looking at the clocks (your inspiration linked site), I would add that I do like the proportions of your scalene triangle more so than Mike’s almost equilateral triangles, though it appears he does repeat the parallel angles, as I mentioned above, for greater visual harmony.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 12:55 PM

Perfect for balancing your work/life. Good post

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

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 01:48 PM

Very nice design…this is sure to inspire a lot of questions on how you did it!
The wood is fitting…

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 02:25 PM

That is just cool! Thanks for sharing.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#7 posted 12-11-2011 05:57 PM

Nice project , and I agree witn rdlaurance about the angles : )

Went to Mike’s link to see his version of this project , and fell in love with his choice of clock inserts.
Thanks for the link : )

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#8 posted 12-12-2011 02:37 AM

Now that is too cool. A great way to recycle some old wood and make it stand proud again. I am betting the couch did not look as good.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 12-12-2011 03:51 AM

What a great gift idea that can be multiple duplicated. Very nice and unique.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#10 posted 12-12-2011 06:24 AM

Very cool idea. Very well executed. Great job !

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#11 posted 12-12-2011 11:26 PM

That’s really cool.

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#12 posted 01-02-2012 12:59 AM

That is cool. You know I will have to try this!

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#13 posted 01-02-2012 01:21 AM

A ”Time(less)Piece of Artwork”

Could you explain how you figured out the base “balance angle” and the angle for the mating horizontal piece?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#14 posted 10-30-2012 01:01 PM

Love it

-- Nathan Corson

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