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Blog entry by newTim posted 03-09-2009 01:06 AM 2928 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that I finished the Japanese Garden Bench I had the chance to begin a project I’ve been noodling about since Christmas. This is exactly how I like things to go. Always have a book to read, always have a project on the bench, always have a project set to go. BTW, the book, Atlas Shrugged. 1,100+ pages. The most relevant book I’ve read, I highly recommend it, but I digress. In the pictures you can get a sense of what I’m shooting for. A Galileo Thermometer flanked with four other instruments; a clock, standard thermometer, hygrometer, and baramoter. I purchased two sets of each and added two clocks from woodcraft. In the next blog I’ll show the templates I made to line up the dowls. And away we go…

Basic structure and prototype.

Just couldn’t get away from the bench!

And a slightly different view.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com



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#1 posted 03-17-2009 03:33 PM

What sized drill bits did you use to drill the holes for the instruments and and where did you get the bits? The reason I’m asking is that when I made clocks for Christmas last year some of the hardwoods I used would not let me drill the 2 3/4” holes I need so I had to do a redesign.
PS – I’ve followed your series and you did a great job and save.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 06:24 PM

I used a 1 1/2” Forstner bit for the Galileo tube and (I think) a 2 3/4” Forstner for the large holes. I didn’t have any problem drilling them out, but I think tiger maple is quite a bit softer than rock maple. I think all you have to do is take your time, let the drill cool off, and clear out the shavings.

You could also use a router with a guide bushing and circular template. The Wood Whisperer used this technique on his Christmas clocks. Actually now that I think about it, he first drilled out with a forstner and used a router to cut the hole to size. You can buy circular templates at Woodcraft and Rockler (he got his from Rockler, I think). Another option is to get a circle cutter for your drill press and make your own template.

I didn’t like the look from the back with the large holes drilled all the way through the piece so I left an 1/8” or so and drilled a smaller hole in from the back with a smaller forstner.

Thanks and hope this helps.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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#3 posted 03-17-2009 07:46 PM

You didn’t say where you purchased your 2 3/4” Forstner from MLCS cut fine, the 3 1/2” I bought from MLCS cut everything (Poplar, some of the Hard Maple, Mahogany, Redwood, some of the Red Oak) but refused to cut some oak and Maple. The said I could return the 3 1/2” for a refund but I never did as it will cut the softer woods.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 03-17-2009 08:07 PM

Sorry. I got the bit from Woodcraft. It wasn’t very expensive as I recall. IOWs, I didn’t get a real expensive one. The instructions that come with the clock or instruments usually state the hole size needed. I double checked with a dial caliper. I don’t have the instructions with me at work so I can’t remember the exact diameter but 2 3/4” sounds right. Interestingly each of the four instruments has a different mechanism for holding it in place. Two have rubberbands, one has a flexible fin, and one has spring clips. Also one of them, the hygrometer I think, requires a deeper hole than the others, 3/4” v. 5/8”. I got the Galileao Thermometer, Hygrometer, clock, and Barometer in a kit from Klockit. I got the dial thermometer from Woodcraft. I decided to add the digital thermometer so I could compare its reading to the Galileo and to add balance to looks of the piece.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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#5 posted 04-03-2009 10:51 PM

Correction. I used a 2 3/8 forstner for the clock holes. The clocks themselves are 2 3/4” diameter.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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