I figured it was time to start another new blog. We’ve got friends that are getting married, and we wanted to give them something special. I figure the best gift you can give is one you want for yourself, so I’m going to make two while I’m at it. We originally thought about a mirror, but realized shipping it would be problematic. Then I thought about the clock project that had been bouncing around in the back of my head. After my usual extensive research, this is the design I like:
I then set out to find faces. I found www.clockprints.com, but wasn’t totally satisfied, and ordering the right size was problematic. I figured I could engrave my own clock face with the Dremel tool, so I drew this up in AutoCAD:
The blue circle nominally describes the sweep of the hands I ordered from Rockler. The quartz movement has a pendulum and is AA battery powered. I’ll be making the face bookmatched by resawing some QSWO thin enough for the movement shaft to poke through. I found an article in FWW about making the face first, then building the clock around it, which I thought was a good idea.
I will also put a picture frame hanger on the back, just in case we want to hang it. I’m planning on making a wine stave wine rack, but all of my barrel ends are concave from sitting out in the sun, so I thought this might look good either on top of it, or just above it. Our mantle has a large nautical chart above it, so ironically, I don’t think the mantel clock will fit on our mantle.
They’re getting married the second week of November, so I’ve got to hurry, unless I want to invoke the one-year rule…
-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails