The Puyallup Fair #2: No wait... scratch that!

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Blog entry by GodofBiscuits posted 08-26-2011 08:38 AM 1578 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Gearing up Part 2 of The Puyallup Fair series Part 3: Let the panic set in! »

So I’ve had a little luck (Big thank you to WoodArtbyJR) getting a hold of the Hobby Hall people at the Fair and talked about my options for displaying the clock. The first option was a half wall above the display cases they store most the entries. This would be ok if the wall wasn’t 4 feet tall and started more than 6 feet above the ground. This meant, my clock would have to be displayed without the pendulum as the entire clock is over 5 feet in length with the pendulum installed and that the clock would be way out of line of sight of anyone walking through. The second option was, “bring it on down and we’ll see what we can do” kind of option. I’m not a “see what we can do” kind of person and like to know what to expect when I walk into things. I brought up my idea of a faux wall and the gentleman I was speaking to thought that might work out just fine. He had mentioned there was space on the floor next to the cases where it could be displayed. So with the new information, I definitely was going to build a free standing wall for it to be displayed on. Now I just had to begin building it.

After screwing and nailing a 2×4 frame up, I quickly realized how heavy and cumbersome this thing was going to be. The 2×4 framing already weighed what I had in mind for the final structure. This alone made me seriously rethink my idea. Reading one of the comments on my last blog entry, I thought maybe a plywood torsion box with base would be a better idea so off to Lowes I went. When I got there, I spent a good amount of time just walking around and taking in the materials in the store and tossing ideas about my head in an attempt to make something that would be sturdy enough to display the clock and not topple over and could also be transported easily without major hassle. Walking through the plumbing section, I had one of those light bulb moments. When I worked many years ago for a photographer, we built a freestanding structure out of gas pipe to hold backdrops. Why not build something similar and attach a plywood board to the front that the clock could then be attached to? The words DOH! actually escaped my lips as I stood there. So with a few sections of 3/4, two lengths of 1/2 inch and two tees I had my stand. To this structure, I then attached a 2’ by 4’ piece of 3/4” Birch ply that I painted. I now have a stand to display the clock on and not only is it light weight, it can also be taken apart easily and transported in my car. Now why could I not think of this to begin with and save myself the trouble in the first place?

So this Sunday I will be taking the display and the clock and dropping it off for entry. I hope that they take care to keep it out of reach of hands and will be emphasizing the delicate nature of the clock so I’m sure it will be addressed one way or another. I remember going last year and seeing several pieces of furniture displayed behind barriers so assume this will be where my clock will be. Of course all this won’t be known till I show up with the clock on Sunday. I really need to build smaller clocks that are easier to display. or not. lol.

Here is the display with the clock test mounted.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 10:26 AM

beautyfull displayed :-)
good luck sunday


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#2 posted 08-26-2011 10:29 AM

The Hobby Hall used to be twice as big and twice as much fun to look at. Since the fair decided to sell half to the vendors so the fair could increase the profits, some of the sparkle has gone. There are a few crafts people that do display some great pieces there. I will be looking for yours in the next few weeks. Good luck…......

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 03:53 PM

Great idea, DOH! Nice looking clock too. I don’t see the pendulum.

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 12:06 AM

Glad I could help Jeffery. I’ll be looking for your clock.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#5 posted 08-27-2011 12:21 AM

Jerry, the pendulum and weights are not installed in the photo, you can view the clock in my projects section on this site.

Jim, thanks again, the number you gave me helped tremendously. Maybe we’ll see you at the fair. ;o)

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#6 posted 08-27-2011 12:27 AM

My wife is going to force me to go to the fair. Maybe there is a reason other than the rodeo to go.
If that clock is going to be there I will get to see it. I have viewed it on your projects, but I will now look forward to seeing it in person.

-- Mel,

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