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Project by Dusty56 posted 2136 days ago 3968 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello , I found some pix of a clock that I made for my best friend on his birthday last year . Curly Maple never ceases to amaze me ! How is it that the piece is perfectly flat , yet the grain is so fluid looking ? The pictures don’t do this justice as the lighting wasn’t right to capture all of Mother Natures beauty . I didn’t tell him that I recessed a 2007 penny behind the clock so when he needs to change the time or the battery dies , he will have a nice surprise looking back at him …. The finish is Minwax Wood Sheen Natural….very easy to apply and it doesn’t darken the Maple as other products do . Comments and tips for improvement are welcome : ) Thanks for checking this out !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#1 posted 2136 days ago

That is some wonderful wood, nicely made and it looks awesome!

-- -=Den

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#2 posted 2136 days ago

beautiful wood!!! nice touch on the penny!!! that is a really good idea to date gifts!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 2136 days ago

that is a beautiful piece of wood.
I also like the added touch of the hidden penny.

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#4 posted 2136 days ago

Very nice clock crafted from gorgeous wood. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 2136 days ago

That’s a good idea, just take a beautiful piece of wood and showcase it with something you always look at . I love the different types of maple and love it’s accents around the house. I love to include it in all the projects I can. That’s a nice chunk.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 2136 days ago

The penny is an awesome way of perhaps dating all work done by someone. I just love that idea, as far as curly maple, It has just got to be one of the most beautiful wood out there. This is a very nice piece, thanks for sharing!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#7 posted 2136 days ago

Beautiful piece, that is one of my favorite woods!

-- "Skol, Vikings"

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#8 posted 2136 days ago

What a beautiful piece of wood, and a great looking clock. Someday I hope I can find a decent price on some figured maple – I’d love to try it in a project.


-- Alberta, Canada

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#9 posted 2136 days ago

Very nice, well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#10 posted 2135 days ago

I love that curly maple. Beautiful clock.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 2135 days ago

Hi Dusty;

Beautiful clock!

I agree the look of curly maple is awe inspiring. It imposes a feeling that I need to be extra careful with my craftsmanship so as not to detract from the incredible beauty of it.

I have pieces in the shop I just can’t bring myself to use!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 2131 days ago

So simple, So elegant! I have a chunk on Birds eye maple sitting around. I had no idea what to do with it. I think you just figured it out for me. Well done, keep up the good work.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#13 posted 2107 days ago

I LOVE figured maple. My only critique is: “Where’s mine?” I really like your design, simple and elegant.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 2059 days ago

I too love figured maple (just look at my 2 guitars!!). This is a gorgeous clock!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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