Wall Clock from brazilian cherry flooring

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Project by kdc68 posted 12-27-2012 12:05 AM 1967 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I acquired some brazilian cherry hardwood flooring from a project where I made thresholds for an aquaintance from the health club. He had installed 3/4” brazilian cherry flooring in his house and needed thresholds to match. As part of a payment to make custom thresholds I acquired the leftover pieces from the box of flooring. I had to plane the pieces to 5/8 to remove the kerfs on the bottom face of each board. Those kerfs are there for stability as flooring, but weren’t a feature I wanted to be seen as a clock. Basic constuction dados and rabbets for the case. The case, crown molding, and the door is all brazilian cherry. The secondary wood is birch. The plywood back is birch stained a cherry and mahogany mix to match the brazilian cherry. The crown molding on top was made easy by all 45 degree cuts (bevel and compound miters). I fluted the front of the molding to add some detail. The back has an access hole and can be removed to either change the battery or change the time in the fall and spring. The door is doweled using 1/4” dowels, too thin for mortise and tenon. I rabbeted the back of the door and applied the glass with silicon. At the last minute I decided to add a decoration on the glass. I bought a stencil and tried two types of painting techniques. The first try was with acrylic paint for glass applied with dobbers. This didn’t turn out so well. The second try resulted better. I used an automotive bonding product used for plastic trim. It works for glass as well. Once applied I could use paint of my choice. I chose an inexpensive spray can of paint. It looks really good, nobody would know was it done cheaply. As a door closer I recessed magnets on the back of the door and the edge of the case. The finish is a high gloss wipe on poly. I applied several coats to really bring out that grain. The clock face is an 1840 style design. The movement is an inexpensive quartz type with a pendulum and harpe attachment.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 12:08 AM

A fine looking clock,well done.


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#2 posted 12-27-2012 12:14 AM

Great looking clock!
I like that you re purposed the flooring for your project. A great source for partial boxes of flooring is your local RE-Store outlet or other similar used building material outlets.

Keep up the great work

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#3 posted 12-27-2012 12:24 AM

Very nice looking clock and I, too, commend you on re-purposing and elevating [pun intended] the flooring to a very fine piece of furniture. I have noticed that a lot of woodworkers salvage wood that might end up in the stove or fire pit and that is really great.

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 12:26 AM

did you remove the finish on the flooring? if so how did you do it and how did it go?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 12-27-2012 12:43 AM

Yes I did remove the finish. It wasn’t planned that way. The first pass through my planer to remove the kerfs resulted in marks in the the factory applied finish. So once I removed the kerfs, I flipped the pieces over and ran a final pass to remove most of the finish. Sanding with a sanding block with 80 grit finished it off

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 12-27-2012 12:44 AM

Thanks for the complements and great tip on getting partial boxes of flooring at outlets. Probably get nice wood for cheap

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 01-31-2013 06:28 PM

Very nice project : )

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 12:55 AM

Dusty56…Thanks for the compliment

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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