|Project by MarkTheFiddler||posted 06-13-2014 01:28 AM||1304 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
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.
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!