They say that there’s nothing like practise to make you better at a skill.
My cousin’s wedding is in June, and I decided in my new wood working glory to make a wedding present for them. After consulting my wife, we decided that building a clock would be a nice gift. So I spent some time searching the project archive here on LJ’s, and around the web. Saving pictures to the hard drive so that I could go back and forth to choose without having to bookmark the various pages that I liked.
I saw the design for the Slat Clock on Klockit, but wasn’t interested in paying for it. So, I got to drawing it up in Sketchup. Here’s what I came up with:
The slats will be made of purpleheart and the top/bottom borders plust the face will be maple. The slats will be joined to the top/bottom and to the rear part of the face by mortise & tenon. That’s 20 mortise & tenons! I did make some on my shaker table, but these are going to need to be a little more clean as the eye will be drawn to them by virtue of the change in species of wood at the joints.
Here’s the slats. I’ve milled them down to the same thickness, paid attention to grain patterns and clamped them together when cutting the length. I also have used my Veritas wheel marking gauge to ensure that the tenon length is the same on all pieces.
I’m using the table saw to cut my tenons and then I will make the mortises by hogging out the material with a forstner bit and fine tuning the fit by chisel.
Wish me luck! Oh, if anyone’s interested in the plans, I’m happy to email them to you.
-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com