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The Iowan Clock Project #1: Dance With The One That Brought You

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Blog entry by William posted 1140 days ago 748 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Chips

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#1 posted 1140 days ago

Happy Farther’s Day From TX.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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wildbill001

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#2 posted 1140 days ago

So do you cut your wood for the clocks to thickness or buy it ? I have resawn and planed to thickness in the past and it can be almost zen-like. But buying the right thickness does make things go a bit quicker.

Love the look of the clock, btw. May just have to break out/un-bury the Excalibur scrollsaw and get started on my Christmas presents….

Bill

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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William

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#3 posted 1140 days ago

I plane my wood down to thickness. Eventually I hope to have a good enough band saw one day to resaw wood well enough to use less wood. Presently, for example, I keep running a 3/4” board through the planer over and over till it’s down to the 1/4” I need. With good enough bandsaw, I could get two 1/4” boards out of that same piece of wood intead of two.
As for buying wood already the right thickness, I really can’t afford that. I checked on that option a few time and by the time the shipping is added in, that can get expensive quick.
How ya doing Chip? I thought you had dropped off the face of the earth.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Chips

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#4 posted 1140 days ago

Having no shop here I am about to climb the walls. But I can still keep up with my friends on LJ.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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William

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#5 posted 1140 days ago

Next time, sneak some kind of tool into your luggage before you leave.
Make it something simple like a hack saw or hand drill.
While there, reguarly disappeat into the closet. Light in there will help. Think about those touch light things that runs one batteries. They sell them cheap at Wal-Mart.
Use your tool on whatever you can find, a scrap piece of wood, shelf made of wood, the wall, anything to get your point across.
Sooner or later maybe someone will figure out that you need woodworking space wherever you go for any extended amount of time.
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This does work by the way. You have to get the point across in a variety of ways. I took a small piece of wood and a knife to a sort of family reunion thing my family had. I was guilted into going and I knew I would be bored. I just started whittling. I don’t even usually whittle wood. That wasn’t the point. The point was, I have not been invited to another one of these family gatherings since. I swear though that I have no idea how those wood shavings got into those baked beans.
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I just thought about something. I hope noone actually takes everything I say seriously. Doing so may get you into serious trouble with your significant others.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Chips

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#6 posted 1140 days ago

LOML sent me outside to carve. But I found the 102 degree weather made the wood to wet to carve. Strange because we haven’t had Rain for 2 weeks.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 1140 days ago

This is really going to be a cool project, William. I will love watching it come to life like your other projects. I am glad you are taking time with the kids this weekend though and having some special time with them. I have heard a lot of good about the Home Depot kids classes. Lots of people I know have taken kids to them and they always come back with great stories. I think it is a great way to introduce young’uns to woodworking and teaches them a sense of pride and lets them be creative. It is also a great memory they will have with their dad.

You have a great weekend and wonderful father’s day with your family. It is great to see your priorities are in a good order. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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William

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#8 posted 1140 days ago

The kid’s workshop is a great thing. I recommend it to everyone I talk to with young kids. Lowes also has one. I heard that their’s was an every weekend thing. I’m not sure because my nearest Lowes is about thirty miles away. If it was closer and they did have it every weekend though, my boys and I would be there.
In my area, the Home Depot workshop is especially nice because there is little around here for kids to do.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 1138 days ago

Happy Fathers Day William, good to hear you’re keeping things in perspective.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Dave

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#10 posted 1135 days ago

Hey cool clock. Have been busy not online a lot. Keep the projects turning out William small or big.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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William

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#11 posted 1135 days ago

I will SuperD. That’s what brought this on. I’ve been spending too much time down in my back trying to do those extremely large project. Of course I will still do those from time to time. I had gotten into the trap of continuing to go bigger and bigger though, and each time I went bigger, my back hurt more. So it was time to step back and do some simpler projects that aren’t so hard on my back.
These clocks are a good example. They strike a good balance of sitting a good bit of the time, but still getting up to square up stock on the table saw so I don’t get sore from sitting too much.
You know I feel pain every day, but when I can keep it to a tolerable level, I’m a happy man. I hated admitting it, but some of my latest project, like that seven foot tall desk cabinet, had me popping too many pain killers and still crying like a baby at night when I laid down.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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