I think I have slightly over-reached for my first project, but here we go!
First the gear in my garage shop that I have to work with:
- Ridgid TS2410LS folding table saw with Freud 60T crosscut blade, Dimar Woodpecker thin kerf ripping blade and stabilizers
- Ryobi tabletop drill press
- Ryobi 10” sliding compound miter saw
- Canadian Tire 10a Router w/ table
The router is a piece of junk, but I’m happy with the TS so far, and have no complaints about the miter or drill press. For me level of skill they’ll suit me just fine.
- 7’ x 11 3/16” x 1” board of 4/4 Tigerwood (aka Goncalo Alves, aka Zebrawood)
- 3’ x 4” x 3/4” board of 4/4 Honduran Rosewood
The plan is to build 5 or 6 desk clocks for gifts for family Christmas gifts this year. The basic clock case will be a 4”wide, 6” tall and 2” deep box made from the Tigerwood sandwiched between a top and bottom plate made from the same wood. The box will be joined with a 45 degree locking mitre bit on the router. I’m not sure how to attach the top and bottom plates, but at this point I am going to just glue, clamp and hope for the best. I could use some advice here, obviously.
The kicker for this part is that the router bit will only work on 1/2” thick stock, so I plan on resawing the Tigerwood down to 1/2” on the TS. I’ve made a ZCI with a micro jig splitter and I have a tall featherboard so I should be able to do this safely. I hope.
The Rosewood will likewise be ripped into 1/4” square strips and these will be inlaid in a box design on the front, back, and top of the clock, assuming I have time. If it takes longer than anticipated I’ll do just the front. I plan on cutting a 3/16” groove for the inlay using a carbide up-cutting router bit, and cleaning up the corners by hand with a 1/4” chisel. The inlay pieces will be mitered in the corners. The extra 1/16” will give me a bit of leeway if my routing is not perfect, and I’ll sand it flush before finishing.
The only other design touches will be a cove or ogee bit applied to the top and bottom pieces. The clock inserts are 2” ones from Lee Valley. I’ll likely just do a simple oil finish trying to keep the natural colours of the woods. It should be a nice contrast, and pretty simple.
I would appreciate any advice that the more experienced woodworkers here could offer!
-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...