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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 68 days ago 885 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy,

My buddy Phil wanted to try something different about 20 years ago. He got himself a leather kit, pattern and a hunk of leather and made himself a clock face. He laid the clock face in the frame they provided and hated the frame. He also decided he hated the clock numerals he had so carefully tooled into the leather. Each numeral was circled by background. He tried to fix the numerals and ended up with big background circles and numerals that were still visible.

The clock went into the closet. He would look at it now and then and wonder if he would ever do anything with it.

He found out that I have been enjoying woodworking and asked me to make an extremely weathered frame for the clock. I tried. It looked pretty good but then he pointed out that the clock parts were going to need a little hiding place. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t box the perimeter of that weathered wood to my satisfaction. I chucked it and made him this frame.

Now mind you time is passing because I told him I would work on it here and there. During that time – He got married. I sanded it down to 320 because I knew the stain wouldn’t absorb too well. We were still thinking rustic here. He loved it. His wife said darker. Back I went.

I sanded off the old finish then refined the sanding to 150. I stained it with warm cherry. That’s the right color.

I asked “Do you have the clock numerals you want to use?” He replied let me think about it. I asked “Do you have the clock numerals you want to use?” He replied “let me think about it.” I asked “Do you have the clock numerals you want to use?” He replied “What do you think of decorative tacks?”

Decorative tack sounded a bit off. I was going to be forced to add a backboard about 3/4 inches thick to hold the tacks. On top of that, I showed him a catalog of tacks. I could buy an entire box in-between $17 and $30. He said “I’d like to see them first.”

Ok – Now. My buddy Phil was starting to tick me off. So I said “Phil, you’re starting to tick me off. You choose the tacks, I lose my lunch-break and go buy the non-returnable box, and then I put them on. He got the point but couldn’t think of anything else to use.

More time passed.

I thought ‘Ok, I’ll try making some clock points out of wood.’ I didn’t want to waste more time on a redo. But I decided what was best for everyone. ;)

I took a hunk of poplar and split it in half. I flipped one of the pieces around so the end grain would look like a V. I ripped it down to a square then ripped the edge corners off to get an octagon. I sanded the octagon to get a roughly cylindrical stick.

Well – that being said – I took so long to attach the points – My teething dog found them and chewed them up.
I made more. Then——- Fear struck me. I wasn’t going to let him say no unless he brought me the clock points himself. I had to show him what I did. He approved. The fear was still with me. This time – I figured out the real reason. I was nervous about gluing the points onto the clock.

Time passed.
The clock frame got moved around and dinged. AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
To keep this story from going any longer, I’m skipping to the end. I glued the points onto the clock last night. ONE ENTIRE YEAR. He better love it. Otherwise, he’ll be passing this clock through his digestive system for the next year.

They’re coming to take me away ha ha hee hee ha ha ho ho.

Thanks for reading. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!





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CarverShavings

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#1 posted 68 days ago

I feel your pain. I think the end result was worth it. By the way, that squirrel has some scary lips.

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 68 days ago

Quite a saga, but perserverence gets the job done and the project out of the shop. Looks like you’ve pulled off a great save. Congratulations and good luck tomorrow.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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MarkTheFiddler

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#3 posted 68 days ago

Lol carver. I’m not a real fan of leather tooling. Still, I imagine its pretty hard to make some nice looking squirrel lips with leather tools. Perhaps a plastic surgeon would have done a better job? ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#4 posted 68 days ago

Thank you John! Being able to spit out the saga helps. I needed a support group.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 68 days ago

Mark,

It may have taken a L-O-N-G time, but it looks like it was well worth it . . . that is, if the coming years of therapy don’t cost you too much! LOL

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 68 days ago

Mmmmm squirrel

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 68 days ago

You did GREAT!

COOL job!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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MarkTheFiddler

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#8 posted 68 days ago

L/W have seen the going rates for psychologists lately? I’m going to have charge poor Phil $18,000!

Joe, thank you much my friend.

Fridge, I hope you’re getting plenty of fiber in that diet of yours. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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stefang

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#9 posted 68 days ago

Excellent result Mark. Different with the leather and the ‘numbers’ were perfect and the frame great too. I hope Phil will appreciate the save and your untiring efforts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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stefang

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#10 posted 68 days ago

Excellent result Mark. Different with the leather and the ‘numbers’ were perfect and the frame great too. I hope Phil will appreciate the save and your untiring efforts. Only a year? It takes me that long to get out of bed these days.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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GrandpaLen

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#11 posted 68 days ago

...a leather and wood fetish ?

I never would have thought that of you, but I guess that’s not a far s-t-r-e-t-c-h from upholstery.

The frame’s a beauty and I do rather like the leather face. (hmmm, that statement reminds me of a gal I dated in high school) ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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aussiedave

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#12 posted 68 days ago

Wow very very nice Mark….Great looking project and the combination of wood and leather is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 68 days ago

Hi Mark. What a story to get that clock done. Nice job on it. You are lucky to complete it after a year and all that you went through with the design parameters!! I think we all have stories like that but woodworkers have sticktuitiveness and get it done in spite of it all

Very well done, my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#14 posted 68 days ago

Gentlemen, it’s really great to wake up on Friday to a good laugh.

Mike, thank for the vote of confidence on the clock points. I would have preferred smaller and further from the center but I had to cover the old holes. That being said, I think the variations I allowed in sanding and the uneven stain penetration made them more interesting. I wrestled with making them uniform. Glad I didn’t go that direction. By the way, it’s June. You might want to start your morning to get to work today. July is almost here.

Len, you’re a hoot my friend. Did you meet your old girlfriend in Texas? Was she fond of chainsaws? Uh-oh…

Dave, thank you for the very kind words. You and the rest of the LJs who posted are part of a core group who really make this site awesome!

Mr Jim, thank you sir. The funny thing is, I can build another one just like it in a few hours. I think it’s always easier to know what the final product will look like. The final frame style was the easiest as well as the final finish. The clock points – you only have to invent something once.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#15 posted 68 days ago

My friends, I have a lot of words to eat. I don’t know why I expect the worst sometimes. My buddy Phil made everything worth while. It’s hard to put into words the kind of pleasure he expressed when I gave him the clock.

Somehow, I took something he was proud of and honored it. He honored me by his reaction.

Again, I get the reminder to have a little faith. When you put your heart into making something beautiful for someone else, it’s really hard to go wrong. In this case, his expectations were far exceeded. His expectations were high.

Another reminder is not to underestimate the heart of my fellow man. That will take some time and there’s always risk. I’m beginning to believe the risk is worth it.

I’ll share with you that Phil immediately started to think about doing some more leather work. Somehow, I understood his thoughts. He was thinking ‘This is what I want to pass on to my grandchildren.’ He plans to make 3 more. Of course, he may need a few more than 3 before its all said and done. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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