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Forum topic by VanDesignWoodworkin posted 01-29-2022 02:12 PM 356 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2022 02:12 PM

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I’ll keep this brief. I recently made a clock. It’s one of the first clocks I’ve finished where my reaction has either been “eh” or “well, I like some elements” or “maybe I could fix this.”

I’m on reaction #3 currently.

Here’s the clock:

I have those three pieces of ambrosia maple… one of them serving as the clock face/clock movement mount.

What I’m thinking would be to remove the two ambrosia maple pieces on either side of the clock face.

First question. Do you agree that the clock might improve? To me it just feels too clustered with wood. My previous clocks have always had lots of breathing space between the wood, like so:

So, do you think this is a wise move… to remove those two pieces?

(Or should I just say, “There’s probably somebody out there who will enjoy this clock as is… leave it alone, chock it up as a learning moment, and get on with the next project.”?)

Two, if so (if removal of those two pieces), how do I remove them? They are wood-glued into place, but only at the top and bottom, not along the edge that touches the clock frame. So, an inch and a half of glue at top and bottom hold each piece in place. I tried to get a butter knife into the space, but man… that glue is solid. I feel like if I pry too hard, the clock will split up in other places. Access to the glue to maybe weaken it or break it down is pretty tough.

If you wanted to remove those two pieces, how would you go about it in a way that is clean as possible and puts the least stress on the clock overall?

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#1 posted 01-29-2022 02:19 PM

Leave it alone and move on to your next project.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 01-29-2022 02:40 PM

Van – you are over thinking
I’ve been doing craft shows for 20 plus years and making/refinishing wood for over 30 years. One constant that I’ve observed is that my first instinct will always fit somebody. That’s not to say that I don’t bounce ideas off my wife or neighbor but generally speaking, it’s my plan that works.
I have had to carry a product from show to show on more than one occasion but the fact remains, somebody will like any given item sooner or later. It seems that just as soon as I tell my wife it’s going to the burn pile, somebody walks by and falls in love with it.
The point is, you obviously have more time to assemble clocks than you should have so just keep at it with your ideas and be surprised with your first craft/art show.

-- 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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#3 posted 01-29-2022 02:55 PM

I agree don’t be too hard on yourself :<))))))

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